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House Democrats strive to stop new management plans for Utah’s shrunken Bears Ears

On October 2, 2018, The Salt Lake Tribune published an online article describing how more than 60 House Democrats signed letters urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to halt environmental studies and management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments while lawsuits are pending.

Thomas Burr writes,

The pair of letters, headed by Rep. Raul Grijalva, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, say that President Donald Trump’s orders to cut the monuments by 2 million total acres are now in legal doubt and taking any action to open the lands for possible development or other uses is wrong while a judge decides their fate.

“As you well know, Bears Ears National Monument deserves federal protection in its entirety,” one of the letters reads, adding that creating an environmental study and a management plan for the lands is a “transparent attempt to rush forward an illegal disposition of public lands before the courts have ruled.”

You can read both letters here.

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