Kirsters Baish| Our Commander in Chief has been proving ever since he took office that he is truly the man for the job. President Donald Trump has been working hard to put the nix on ownership of two major pieces of federal lands located in the American West. This is seen as a big blow to legacy monuments that were created by Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
The Washington Times reported that President Trump will make his way to Salt Lake City, Utah in order to make the announcement that he is cutting down the size of the two large areas of federal land located in Utah that were created under former presidents Clinton and Obama. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Bears Ears National Monument are in question.
President Trump’s plan has been in the making for a while now and has been the target of protests from environmentalists as well as Native American activists. These people are claiming that the cuts Trump plans to make are an insult to Native Americans as well as being illegal.
On the other hand, Conservatives have been contending for a while now that both of the monuments were simply an ursupation of land by the federal government which abused the 1906 Antiquities Act.
This decision has been in the workings for a while now. Back in October, reports came out that President Trump had actually called Utah GOP Senator Orrin Hatch in order to explain to him that he was approving a plan pitched by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke which would reverse federal protection on 3.6 million acres of land in the U.S. This would mean that in the case of the Bears Ears National Monument, there would be an 85 percent reduction of federally protected land.
Zinke has been looking into the situation since Spring of this year. It was expected that President Trump would announce the returned control over the land to local governments instead of putting it in the hands of the federal government.
Conservative Tribune wrote:
On his way out the door last year, former President Obama decided to use the Antiquities Act to create the monument — one of 29 he created during his presidency for a grand total of 553 million acres of land under the control of the federal government.
The problem with that is that while the Antiquities Act does give the president the power to create monuments, it specifically states that they need to a) be confined to as small an area as possible and b) limited to “protecting specific artifacts or other items of cultural and historical significance,” according to The Washington Times.
It seems to me that this could have been accomplished without having to take 533 million acres. GOP Representative Rob Bishop backs up that theory. His opinions on the two monuments in Utah says it all. The representative and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee stated, “Utah has become ground zero for politically motivated national monument designations that are excessive in size and contemptuous of peoples’ livelihoods. The president has stood against prior abuses of executive power, and his administration has demonstrated a commitment to work in concert with local communities to protect unique public antiquities and objects the right way.”
A very big week for Utah’s own Senator @OrrinHatch with tax reform, Bears Ears reversion, and a presidential visit.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 2, 2017
5,000 protesters decided they would make their way to Utah’s State Capitol on Saturday in order to rally against President Trump’s plan. It wasn’t really surprising since the Left has been combatting every single move President Trump has made as POTUS.
Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch stated, “I want him to visit Bears Ears before he takes any action.”
President Trump can certainly visit the land as a state property, kinda like the way it was before Barack Obama took it.