Environmentalists say Donald Trump does not have authority to shrink Utah monument

Zinke To Visit Bears Ears Solicits Public Comment

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visits Bears Ears in May 2017

"I actually can not believe that we're having a debate about whether these lands are worth protecting", said Caputo. Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said this about Trump's proposal: "We will stand and fight all the way...[the United States government has already taken] millions of acres of my people's land". "What it does authorize is broad discretion to the president who acts to protect brands establishing national monuments under the Antiquities Act".

The authority to create national monuments is afforded to presidents under a 1906 law called the Antiquities Act, and in the century since the law was passed, it has been used to protect millions of acres of wilderness and scores of culturally significant sites.

The decision to shrink the national monuments, which were designated by President Obama, is highly controversial and pits conservationists and recreational users of public lands against the oil and mining industries, as well as other commercial interests.

In a statement Monday, Heidi McIntosh from Earthjustice's Rocky Mountains office said: "President Trump has perpetrated a bad violation of America's public lands and heritage by going after this dinosaur treasure trove. We will use the power of the law to stop Trump's illegal actions".

Pidot said they will argue that under the U.S. Constitution, the president doesn't have the right to undo designations made under the Antiquities Act, that's the job of Congress.

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In the proclamation announcing the redrawn boundaries of Bears Ears, President Trump claimed that the move was necessary due to "the lack of a threat of damage or destruction to many of those objects".

In addition to Trump, the lawsuit also names Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke and acting director of the Bureau of Land Management Brian Steed as defendants.

Ancient granaries, part of the House on Fire ruins are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument.

"We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts", CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement to AdAge.

Further down the page, Patagonia provides maps of each Monument, illustrating the extent to which they have been affected - 80 percent for Bears Ears and 45 percent for Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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