President Donald Trump on Monday signed presidential proclamations which vastly reduce the size of two protected red rock canyon areas in Utah: The Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
According to a lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Trump's controversial decision to strip 900,000 acres from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is an attempt to reverse President Clinton's 1996 decision to create the Monument.
Audio will be available later today. He said environmental and Native American groups had plenty of time to prepare their response to reports of dramatic reductions at the monuments.
The Antiquities Act of 1906 gives presidents broad discretion to protect "historic landmarks ... and other objects of historic or scientific interest", without any input from U.S. Congress.
Also Monday, another lawsuit filed by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) challenges the proclamation that takes away about 85 percent of the Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah.
"Just this morning, the industry launched its latest economic impact report, showing the outdoor industry supports 7.6M sustainable American jobs and almost $900B in consumer spending and $125B in tax revenue". No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so.
Despite Trump's plans for the monuments, REI said it will continue to work with elected officials and outdoor industry members to protect the accessibility of these public lands. "They're not sort of valuable lands, they're among the most valuable lands in the federal system and they belong to all of us".
Trump's order reduces the size of the iconic Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, where numerous dinosaur fossils have been found.
Outdoor retailer Patagonia is no stranger to throwing its weight behind worthy causes, particularly those aligned with its mission to "use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis".
"This decision is part of a long pattern of attacks against public lands and will harm hundreds of local Utah communities and businesses, will stifle millions of dollars in annual economic activity and threatens thousands of jobs in the region, Outdoor Retailer said". And we'll use every tool available and we will prevail.