Utah ranchers pushed off public lands by restrictive federal parks, monuments

Just like humans, cattle have a personal bubble – a flight zone. Phillips can prove this to many a camper after trying to move cattle to corrals and finding a camp set up. He has also had cattle spook after hikers appear adventuring through the back country. “They ruined it by making it a monument,” Phillips says. “There are so […]

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Too Big: Effort to shrink Grand Staircase/Escalante NM gets bi-partisan support

At 1.88 million acres, Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is larger than the combined footprints of the state’s “Mighty 5” national parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument. That’s too big, according to a resolution approved Wednesday by the Utah Senate after passage last week in the House. HCR12 calls on Utah’s federal delegation to support a reduction or modification of the […]

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Trump can reverse egregious Antiquities Acts edicts by doing 2 simple things

That President Trump has the authority to vacate the actions of his predecessors is without question. Just as no Congress can bind a future one, no president—with a unilateral decree—can claim to rule forever. That is even more the case given that Clinton and Obama far exceeded their authority under the Antiquities Act. Nonetheless, revocation will be fought aggressively by […]

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Movement to rescind federal monuments takeovers ignites in Utah legislature

Noel believes the appropriate size of the monument should be no more than 500,000 acres and that multiple laws exist on the books to protect Native American artifacts and paleontological resources. Critics such as Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock rejected assertions that public land protections like national parks or monuments yield dollars for surrounding communities. At the monument’s creation, he […]

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Will Bears Ears go the way of Grand Staircase/Escalante, or can it be reversed

President-elect Trump has agreed to look into reversing the Bears Ears National Monument designation, all or in part, and he has the authority to do so. But if this Obama land-grab–one of many comprising tens of millions of acres of land–holds, the ensuing economic, social, and human costs will leave San Juan County and its diverse population in ruins. Video produced by The County […]

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National monuments should not be one-man shows, must include local input

Pearce points out “the Antiquities Act requires that a president designate the smallest possible footprint in order to achieve the desired environmental preservation” and emphasizes “these decisions must be made in Congress.” 1 person shouldn’t make or break a U.S. monument There is a good argument that one person acting unilaterally should not be able to set aside hundreds of […]

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Garfield County Utah: The case for restoring locally-sourced government

Just 9 years following President Clinton’s secretive executive taking of nearly 2 million acres in central Utah, Garfield County Commissioner Maloy Dodds testified in front of the House Oversight Committee in 2005. Less than 10 years following the creation of the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument in 1996, Garfield County was feeling the destructive effects of a burdensome federal presence. Now, 20 years […]

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Utah ranchers’ grazing rights threatened by national monument

Why San Juan County ranchers oppose another national monument in Bears Ears posted by Sutherland Institute Many ranchers living in the region of the Colorado Plateau depend on open range grazing to maintain their herds and family-run operations. Federal land grabs decrease the grazing ranges of these ranching families, and the proposed 1.9 million acre Bears Ears National Monument could deal […]

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