Rolling back these designations, Trump said, was a way to “give back” public lands to the people who live near them along with love them most.
The decision to shrink the national monuments, which were designated by former President Barack Obama, will be highly controversial along with pits conservationists along with recreational users of public lands against the oil along with mining industries, as well as additional commercial interests.
By drastically reducing the amount of land protected under the Bears Ears along with Grand Staircase National Monument designations, Trump effectively opened up the unprotected land to future drilling along with mining.
Trump said his proclamations remove “harmful along with unnecessary restrictions on hunting, ranching along with responsible economic development.”
The authority to create national monuments will be afforded to presidents under a 1906 law called the Antiquities Act, along with inside century since the law was passed, the idea has been used to protect millions of acres of wilderness along with scores of culturally significant sites.
Trump decried what he called “abuses of the Antiquities Act,” which he said gave power over land to “far-away bureaucrats.”
There are currently more than 125 designated national monuments, encompassing everything by a coral reef inside Caribbean to an African burial ground in fresh York state to a barrier island off the coast of Alaska.
Trump’s decision will be anticipated to spark a protracted legal battle over the president’s authority to set aside land for conservation, along with the rights of states along with industries to access protected land.
Before the president had even finished his remarks on Monday, environmental along with conservation groups were already labeling Trump’s decision “illegal.”
“Trump’s unprecedented, illegal action will be a brutal blow to our public lands, an affront to Native Americans along which has a disgrace to the presidency,” said Randi Spivak, public lands program director at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.
“He wants to hand over these lands to private industry to mine, frack, bulldoze along with clear-cut until there’s nothing left for our children along with grandchildren,” Spivak said in a statement.