public lands

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The Utah Legislature is moving forward with a proposed bill that would restrict the ability of local officials in that state to advocate for federal land protections.

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The Native American coalition that supported the creation of Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah is opposing a bill that is intended to resolve lingering controversies surrounding the protected area.

Austin Cope

KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with John Ruple University of Utah Professor of Law, about legal interpretations of President Trump's cuts of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

The first part of their interview covered the 1906 Antiquities Act, and what authority presidents have to declare or repeal monuments. Click below to listen.

The second part of their interview covered land designations, natural resource extraction, and the questions no one is asking at this point in the Bears Ears debate.

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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.

Austin Cope

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