Monument Designation Trumps 12 Year Process for Trail in Bears Ears

Two weeks too late… I think that this is a sad story. I understand both sides of “not wanting more ATV trails” and “wanting to connect existing trails” and especially “getting ATV’s off other roads.” I get that “if there are hundreds of miles already within the monument, what’s six more?” and “if there are …

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Mind the Gap: Monument Review Via the New York Times

It’s interesting to see how folks outside the Interior West see things, as per this New York Times story. I think there are some gaps which we can try to fill in as this unfolds. Mr. Trump, signing the order at the Interior Department, described the designations as a “massive federal land grab” and ordered …

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Understanding the Legalities of National Monument Designation

I thought this was interesting in an NPR story here.. “More recently, with most large public lands protection bills stalled in Congress, presidents from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush and Barack Obama have used the act as a tool to protect sweeping amounts of federal land mostly in the West. President Obama’s late hour …

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