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Date: 12/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

Title: White House Makes Historic Move to Shrink National Monuments

"The Antiquities Act does not give the Federal Government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water, and it's time we ended this abusive practice."  -President Donald J. Trump

WASHINGTON (December 4, 2017) - President Trump signed two proclamations modifying the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.
  • Bears Ears National Monument will be modified to two units named Shash Jáa, Navajo for Bears Ears, and Indian Creek, encompassing a total of 228,784 acres of land.
  • Bears Ears was originally designated in 2016 to encompass nearly 1.5 million acres, including a patchwork of Federal, State, and private land.
  • This modification will restore the majority of the National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land to the management status existing prior to the 2016 designation.
  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument will be modified to three units encompassing a combined 1,006,341 acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • Grand Staircase was originally designated in 1996 by President Clinton largely for political purposes. 
  • Presidents have modified the boundaries to remove lands from monuments 18 times in the past. The most significant reduction occurred in 1915 when President Woodrow Wilson halved Mount Olympus National Monument, which is now a National Park.