public lands

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President Trump is set to deliver an early Christmas gift to Utah’s elected leaders on Monday. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Trump is coming to Salt Lake City to announce an executive order shrinking two of the state’s national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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In other news, public lands agencies are allowing people to harvest Christmas trees as the holiday season begins.

Austin Cope

Colorado’s 3rd District Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) took a field trip on Friday to Sage Hen and House Creek recreation areas, two of McPhee Reservoir’s boating access points, which have now been closed due to concerns about invasive mussel infestations. Montezuma County Commissioner Keenan Ertel, San Juan National Forest District Ranger Derek Padilla, and Montezuma County Natural Resource and Public Lands Coordinator James Dietrich joined the congressman to discuss access. 

President Trump has reportedly promised to shrink the 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah.

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Following intense wildfires across the West this summer, an environmental group has released a study saying such fires are no more likely on federal public lands than state lands.