Environmentalists say Donald Trump does not have authority to shrink Utah monument

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       Trump plans historic rollback of national monuments

Both monuments were created by Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeDem pushes for oversight on Trump officials using private jets Lack of transparency in national monuments review a disservice to Americans Trump to shrink national monuments next week: report MORE has recommended President Trump shrink the boundaries of two more national monuments, a day after rolling back protected areas in Utah.

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments", Patagonia President and CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement, according to AdAge.

On Monday, Trump announced that his administration would reduce the size of two national monuments: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, each more than a million acres in size. That law requires presidents to limit the monument designation to "the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected".

President Trump speaks at the Utah State Capitol Monday before to signing a proclamation to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Trump said previous presidents overstepped their authority in declaring vast tracts of western lands off-limits, abusing the "purpose, spirit and intent" of a 1906 law known as the Antiquities Act. But it's not clear whether this is something that Trump can even do: The courts have never ruled on whether the president actually has the power to shrink a national monument. The details of that report will be released Tuesday, he said. The company said Trump's decision "undermines the integrity" of the Antiquities Act, which is used to designate and protect national monuments. "They don't know your land".




"The president stole your land", reads the message posted on the Patagonia homepage, calling the president's decision "illegal".

"It's an attack on all of our National Monuments, an attack on one in an attack on all, so we want to come out here and stand in solidarity of protection of our national treasures", Gabriel Otoro, organizer of the rally, said.

But the Trump administration insists the president can do that, and Zinke said Tuesday that Trump was "absolutely right" to order a review of 27 large monument declarations dating back two decades. "And the Antiquities Act was never meant to prevent, it was meant to protect".

"Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington". The site in southern Utah contains a series of escalating canyons and gorges, and at 1.7 million acres is the largest land area designated as a national monument.

Outside, protesters held signs saying "Trump a monumental mistake" and "Tiny hands off our lands".

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