Trump Plans To Shrink Two of Utah’s National Monuments

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People living in Grand Junction have a lot to say about president Donald Trump’s plans to shrink two national monuments in Utah.

The president is scheduled to make an announcement regarding the issue during an appearance Monday in Salt Lake City.

The two monuments he plans on reducing are The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

He plans to cut both of them down into five separate and much smaller monuments.

Although no national monuments in Colorado are currently on the list, people feel that this proposal could have a domino affect.

“I think it’s part of an overall theme of taking treasured places that belong to all Americans and redistributing them to his rich palls in the industry,” said Scott Braden with Conservation Colorado.

“A primary issue for Utah is with state rights and federal overreach. An announcement in reducing size of barriers will be a huge part of that,” said Rob Anderson, Utah State GOP Chairman.

Many said this was one of the issues President Trump advocated for while running for president. People in favor of the reduction said him following through with his plan shows his commitment to his promise.

However, many against believe that this campaign promise may be just serving capital interest, rather than the general public.

Those against the proposal are planning a rally at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Park to oppose shrinking The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

There will also be a protest at the Utah State Capitol on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

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