Biden To Expand Bears Ears, Other National Monuments, Reversing Trump

"The decision will restore full protections to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah and reinstate fishing restrictions in a marine monument off New England"

"President Biden will restore full protections to three national monuments that had been slashed in size by former president Donald Trump, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah known for their stunning desert landscapes and historical treasures of Native American art and settlements as well as a rich fossil record, according to a statement from the White House on Thursday evening.

Biden will use an executive order to protect 1.36 million acres in Bears Ears, slightly larger than the original boundary that President Barack Obama established in 2016, while also restoring the 1.78 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante monument. Biden will also reimpose fishing restrictions in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England that Trump had opened to commercial fishing.

Biden is expected to sign the proclamations, using his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act, on Friday."

Joshua Partlow reports for the Washington Post October 7, 2021.


"Biden To Restore National Monuments Slashed By Trump" (E&E News)

"Biden to Restore Three National Monuments in Utah and New England" (New York Times)

"Biden To Restore 3 National Monuments Cut By Trump" (AP)

Source: Washington Post, 10/08/2021