Trump Cuts Utah Monuments by 2 Million Acres, Ranchers Applaud Decision

12/5/17 Shrinking National Monuments

Two large national monuments in southern Utah have been reduced by approximately two million acres after President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on December 4.

“Families and communities of Utah know and love this land the best. You know the best how to take care of your land. You know how to protect it and you know best how to conserve this land for many, many generations to come,” president Trump said during a speech at the Utah Capitol building.

Bears Ears National Monument will go from 1.35 million acres to just 228,784 acres, a reduction of 83% in size. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was reduced from 1.88 million acres to 1,006,341 acres, a drop of 46.5% in acreage.

Both monuments were protected by the Antiquities Act of 1906, a law allowing presidents to grant federal protection for federal lands. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to proclaim a national monument for Devils Tower National Monument on September 24, 1906.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was designated as a national monument by former President Bill Clinton in 1996. Bears Ears National Monument was put into monument protection by President Barrack Obama during on Dec. 28, 2016, his last month in office.

“These abuses of the Antiquities Act give enormous power to far-away bureaucrats at the expense of the people who live here and work here and make this place their home,” Trump said.

Trump shared with the crowd during the announcement that local people have been negatively impacted by monument proclamations.

“We have seen harmful and unnecessarily restrictions on hunting, ranching and responsible economic development. We have seen grazing restrictions prevent ranching families from passing their businesses and beloved heritage onto the children, the children they love,” Trump said.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council both supported the action by President Trump.

“Previous administrations abused the power of the Antiquities Act, designating huge swaths of land as national monuments without any public input or review,” said Dave Eliason, president of the Public Lands Council. “Rural communities in Utah and across the West have paid the price. Sweeping designations locked up millions of acres of land with the stroke of a pen, undermining local knowledge and decimating rural economies.”

“We are grateful that today’s action will allow ranchers to resume their role as responsible stewards of the land and drivers of rural economies,” said Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Going forward, it is critical that we reform the Antiquities Act to ensure that those whose livelihoods and communities depend on the land have a voice in federal land management decisions.”

To view the full speech by President Trump watch the video below:


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Submitted by Denny Dieckhaus on Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:40

Great Job
President Trump
Southern Prairie Cattle Co
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Submitted by Steve Collier on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:05

Review of BLM websites indicates that main effects of National Monument designation is restriction of extraction operations like mining and oil/gas drilling. Legal grazing is not affected. Why is downsizing of monuments so important to ranchers ?

Submitted by Nader Afsordeh on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:53

Hello, this interests me, what is your source for this information?

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Submitted by S. Luke on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 21:42

Where is the other side? Did anyone oppose this move? Why wouldn’t you want to include their position?

Submitted by Roger on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:20

Yes there was opposition and Trump is now being sued....blah, blah, blah....but this is Drovers Daily so...
But then it's also a big story when Trump eats McDonalds or KFC or feeds fish in China.

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Submitted by Rebecca Thistlethwaite on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:47

If this land is not a National Monument, doesn't that mean it will be sold to the highest bidder, namely oil/mineral leases? How does that help ranchers?
As for "locals" knowing how to best manage the land, what about all the degradation that has happened from off-roading, looting for antiquities, illegal tree cutting? Is that the kind of good land management that ranchers prefer? Oh, and you forgot to mention how all of the local tribes supported the monument, some of them are ranchers. One-sided stories don't do any of us any good.

Submitted by HickPunch on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:03

Drovers has always been a manipulative and dishonest source. The ranchers who aren't brainless hillbillies know it!

Submitted by Les on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:50

The land should be sold to private individuals. There is no reason for the federal government to own most of the land in the West. 90% of Nevada is owned by the government, why?

Submitted by Elizabeth Marino on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:31

Ranchers care only about their profits. They don't care about the fact that raising livestock is destroying our planet. They don't care that they are crueling taking billions of animal lives on a regular basis. They don't care that millions of people die every year of heart disease caused by eating red meat. This country is turning into a soulless wasteland. And Trump is their leader.

Submitted by Adam on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:24

I'd die of a heart attack if I was married to you. That's what's killing people, people like you!!!

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Submitted by jeller on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:18

This is a prime example of why non-ranchers have little empathy for ranchers. These were not critical grazing areas but represented wise set aside for future generations, preserving ancient artifacts, spectacular geo-physical attributes and open area. Public lands do not "belong" to the ranchers, oilmen, miners but belong to the people. I am not a robot but I am a rancher who is dismayed by the short sighted attitude of other ranchers.

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Would love to go for new places like to see the beauty of Utah after tour nyc to niagara falls and quite excited for that time.

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