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US Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump

07:51  08 october  2021
07:51  08 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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President Joe Biden will restore the boundaries of three American national monuments that were downsized by former President Donald Trump , the White House said on Thursday. Trump had sought to allow ranching, drilling, mining and commercial fishing in the areas, which were established as monuments , or nature reserves, by two of his Democratic predecessors, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. The move was part of Republican Trump 's broader agenda to loosen regulations on industry, which environmentalists have decried as coming at the expense of the

President Biden will reinstate and slightly expand the original 1. 3 million acre boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. The size of the monument had been cut by about 85 percent by former President Donald J. Trump .Credit Ash Lindsey/Alamy. “The president’s protection of these three national monuments is among a series of steps the administration has taken to restore protections to some of America’s most cherished lands and waters, many of which are sacred to tribal nations ,” the Biden administration is expected to say on Friday, according to an advance statement

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing. Environmental protections at all three monuments had been stripped by former President Donald Trump.

FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, the © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, the "House on Fire" ruins are shown in Mule Canyon, near Blanding, Utah. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah, the governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The White House announced the changes Thursday night ahead of a ceremony expected Friday.

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SALT LAKE CITY – President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing. Trump invoked the century-old Antiquities Act to cut 2 million acres (800,000 hectares) from the two monuments , calling restrictions on mining and other energy production a “massive land grab” that “should never have happened.”

Biden is weighing whether to restore the boundaries for the Utah site tribes consider sacred, after Trump shrank it by 85 percent. A dwelling estimated to be more than 700 years old of the ancestral Puebloan Indians in a canyon of Cedar Mesa. (Joshua Partlow/The Washington Post). A coalition of Native American tribes has called on President Biden to take “immediate action” to restore protections to Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument , which the Trump administration cut by 85 percent.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, expressed disappointment in Biden's decision to restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments, which the Trump administration downsized significantly in 2017.

The monuments cover vast expanses of southern Utah where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive buttes bulge from a grassy valley. Trump invoked the century-old Antiquities Act to cut 2 million acres (800,000 hectares) from the two monuments, calling restrictions on mining and other energy production a “massive land grab” that “should never have happened.”

FILE - This undated file photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration taken during the Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013, shows corals on Mytilus Seamount off the coast of New England in the North Atlantic Ocean. President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing. Environmental protections at all three monuments had been stripped by former President Donald Trump.(NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This undated file photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration taken during the Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013, shows corals on Mytilus Seamount off the coast of New England in the North Atlantic Ocean. President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing. Environmental protections at all three monuments had been stripped by former President Donald Trump.(NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research via AP, File)

His actions slashed Bears Ears, on lands considered sacred to Native American tribes, by 85%, to just over 200,000 acres (80,900 hectares). They cut Grand Staircase-Escalante by nearly half, leaving it at about 1 million acres (405,000 hectares). Both monuments were created by Democratic presidents.

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The Two-Way Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History. Environmental and tribal leaders sued the Trump administration but that lawsuit has been on hold since Biden issued an executive order in January to look further into the matter. But Biden ’s decision may not prevent future She has since submitted her report on restoring the lands to the president, as asked for in the executive order he signed in January. The Washington Post said that Haaland’s recommendation in the report, which is not public, was for the president to restore the land. In recent weeks, tribal leaders

Donald Trump ‘drastically shrunk’ the size of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Escalante national monuments in 2017 – follow all the day’s news. Interior secretary Deb Haaland recommended in an internal report that Joe Biden restore protections that Donald Trump removed at three national monuments , the Washington Post reported. The US Republican Party is “vastly diminished” and dominated by its Trump wing, which was not supported by the majority of Americans, Biden said at a press conference in Brussels, where he also said Ukraine was not yet ready to join Nato.

The White House said in a statement that Biden was “fulfilling a key promise” to restore the monuments to their full size and “upholding the longstanding principle that America’s national parks, monuments and other protected areas are to be protected for all time and for all people.”

His actions were among a series of steps the administration has taken to protect public lands and waters, the White House said, including moves to halt oil leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and prevent road-building in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the nation's largest federal forest.

FILE - This May 8, 2017 aerial file photo shows Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument on May 8, 2017, in Utah. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a public lands tug-of-war that has played out over three presidential administrations, the state's governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This May 8, 2017 aerial file photo shows Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument on May 8, 2017, in Utah. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a public lands tug-of-war that has played out over three presidential administrations, the state's governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Biden's plan also restores protections in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Cape Cod. Trump had made a rule change to allow commercial fishing at the marine monument, an action that was heralded by fishing groups but derided by environmentalists who pushed Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to restore protections against fishing.

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have vowed to not only restore the Utah monuments , but designate new protected sites to safeguard ecologically important landscapes and combat the global climate crisis. In late 2017, after a sham review of recent national monument designations, Trump carved more than 2 million acres from the southern Utah sites. The boundary of Bears Ears, a 1.35 million-acre landscape that several tribes consider sacred, was cut by 85%. Nearby 1.87 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante, the largest land national monument in the country and

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is advising President Joe Biden to restore the size of three national monuments targeted by former President Donald Trump . Boundaries would be restored for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, under a forthcoming recommendation from Haaland. Additionally, fishing protections would be put in place around the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the Atlantic coast.

Protecting the marine monument safeguards "this invaluable area for the fragile species that call it home” and demonstrates the administration’s commitment to science, said Jen Felt, ocean campaign director for the Conservation Law Foundation.

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, also praised the Biden administration in a statement, saying restoring the monuments shows its dedication to “conserving our public lands and respecting the voices of Indigenous Peoples.”

“It’s time to put Trump’s cynical actions in the rear-view mirror,” Grijalva said.

But Utah's governor called Biden's decision a "tragic missed opportunity.” The president's action "fails to provide certainty as well as the funding for law enforcement, research and other protections which the monuments need and which only Congressional action can offer,” Cox said in a statement released with other state leaders.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney also criticized Biden, saying in a tweet the president had “squandered the opportunity to build consensus” and find a permanent solution for the monuments.

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“Yet again, Utah’s national monuments are being used as a political football between administrations,” Romney said Thursday. “The decision to re-expand the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante is a devastating blow to our state, local and tribal leaders and our delegation ... today’s ‘winner take all’ mentality moved us further away from that goal."

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah, the governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah, the governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Jennifer Rokala, executive director of the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation group, also applauded Biden’s decision and said she hopes it marks an initial step toward his goal of conserving at least 30% of U.S. lands and ocean by 2030.

“Thank you, President Biden,” Rokala said in a statement. “You have listened to Indigenous tribes and the American people and ensured these landscapes will be protected for generations to come.”

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Trump's cuts ironically increased the national attention to Bears Ears, Rokala said. She called on the federal government to boost funding to manage the landscape and handle growing crowds.

Haaland, the first Indigenous Cabinet secretary, traveled to Utah in April to visit the monuments, becoming the latest federal official to step into what has been a yearslong public lands battle. She submitted her recommendations on the monuments in June.

In a statement Thursday, Haaland said she had the “distinct honor to speak with many people who care deeply about this land” during her Utah trip.

“The historical connection between Indigenous peoples and Bears Ears is undeniable; our Native American ancestors sustained themselves on the landscape since time immemorial, and evidence of their rich lives is everywhere one looks,” said Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico.

FILE - In this April 8, 2021, file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland tours near ancient dwellings along the Butler Wash trail during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah, the governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 8, 2021, file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland tours near ancient dwellings along the Butler Wash trail during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah, the governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)

Former President Barack Obama proclaimed Bears Ears a national monument in 2016, 20 years after former President Bill Clinton moved to protect Grand Staircase-Escalante. Bears Ears was the first site to receive the designation at the specific request of tribes.

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The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, which pushed for its restoration, has said the monument's twin buttes are considered a place of worship for many tribes. The group incudes the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni and Ute Indian Tribe.

“President Biden did the right thing restoring the Bears Ears National Monument," Shaun Chapoose, coalition member and chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee, said in a statement. “For us, the Monument never went away. We will always return to these lands to manage and care for our sacred sites, waters and medicines.”

FILE - In this April 8, 2021, file photo, from left to right, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland tours near ancient dwellings along the Butler Wash trail with Sen. Mitt Romney and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. On Thursday, Oct 7, 2021, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement expressing disappointment in the Biden administration's decision to enlarge the monuments. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 8, 2021, file photo, from left to right, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland tours near ancient dwellings along the Butler Wash trail with Sen. Mitt Romney and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. On Thursday, Oct 7, 2021, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement expressing disappointment in the Biden administration's decision to enlarge the monuments. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)

The Trump administration’s reductions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante paved the way for potential coal mining and oil and gas drilling on lands that were previously off-limits. However, activity was limited because of market forces.

Conservative state leaders considered the size of both monuments U.S. government overreach and applauded the reductions.

Environmental, tribal, paleontological and outdoor recreation organizations sued to restore their original boundaries, arguing presidents lack legal authority to change monuments their predecessors created. Meanwhile, Republicans argued Democratic presidents have misused the Antiquities Act signed by President Theodore Roosevelt to designate monuments beyond what’s necessary to protect archaeological and cultural resources.

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FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, the © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, the "House on Fire" ruins are shown in Mule Canyon, near Blanding, Utah. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah, the governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Biden administration has said the decision to review the monuments was part of an expansive plan to tackle climate change and reverse the Trump administration’s “harmful” policies.

Fishing groups opposed both Obama's creation of the ocean monument and the process he used to create it.

FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, the © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, the "House on Fire" ruins are shown in Mule Canyon, near Blanding, Utah. President Joe Biden will expand two sprawling national monuments in Utah, the governor said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump's administration in 2017 significantly downsized Bears Ears National Monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

“These fishing areas have a way to be managed that is a little bit cumbersome, a little bit time-consuming, but it brings all the stakeholders together,” said Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

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Whitehurst reported from Salt Lake City. Associated Press writer Patrick Whittle in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.

'I believed I was going to die': Trump supporter sentenced to prison for shooting after rally that injured Black teen .
An army veteran had pleaded guilty to shooting into a car filled with teens during a dispute after a pro-Trump rally and parade in Des Moines.Michael McKinney, 26, was charged with attempted murder and other crimes for the shooting, in which the 15-year-old girl was struck in the leg. He later pleaded guilty to lesser offenses. At McKinney's sentencing hearing Monday, Salami noted that the victim, who had been exchanging insults with pro-Trump rally-goers, was standing in the car's open sunroof when she was struck.

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