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Will Joe Biden restore 2 million acres to Bears Ears?


December 3, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — With Joe Biden’s capture of the White House comes the likelihood that Utah’s two big national monuments will be restored to their original boundaries, reopening yet another front in the West’s public lands wars.

Just as President Donald Trump invoked the Antiquities Act to cut 2 million acres from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monuments, Biden will hold the power to restore the monuments designated by two Democratic predecessors, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Utah’s Republican leaders had hailed Trump’s move in 2017 to slash the monuments. Absent a repeal of the Antiquities Act, however, that victory may prove to be fleeting.The landmark 1906 Act authorizes any future president to put them back on the map.


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