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Bears Ears recommended for land cuts as Trump starts rollbacks of Obama’s designated monuments

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The law is very specific on this. Only Congress has the power to designate wilderness. Obama and Clinton have circumvented Congress by creating monuments that are de facto wilderness areas, shutting off the land to motorized recreation and mineral exploration. About time someone did something about the illegal abuse of the Antiquities Act.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/12/bears-ears-monument-must-be-greatly-reduced-ryan-z/

"The Trump administration is poised to nip the Bears Ears National Monument, beginning a rollback of one of President Obama’s most aggressive environmental moves.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an interim report Monday saying the 1.35-million-acre Utah monument that Mr. Obama established on his way out of office is far too big and needs to be carved up and cut down to size..."

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Check out this quote from the CEO of Patagonia.  It makes absolutely no sense and shows zero knowledge of the law:

“Secretary Zinke’s recommendation that the president shrink the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument ignores the law and public outcry,” Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia, said in a Facebook post. “Bears Ears holds irreplaceable cultural, ecological and recreational value and it needs our protection. If the president decides to usurp Congress’s authority and shrink the boundaries on his own, Patagonia will take legal action to defend our public lands.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/13/trump-s-interior-department-kicks-off-battle-to-shrink-national-monuments.html

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Patagonia (and likely others like REI) can sue away, if they like. Only the lawyers will benefit.

Executive orders created Bear's Ear -- and a presidential order can change it. Let Congress designate it as Wilderness -- if they like -- but using the AE to make federal land off-limits to motorized use is just as you described -- it's an abuse of a law that was never intended for that use.


The Antiquities Act has been abused widely during both Democratic and Republican administrations in my view. The AE should be changed by Congress so that such abuses do not continue. 

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I keep seeing posts from Friends of Cedar Mesa on FB. They keep urging people to comment in support of keeping Bears Ears as is, even though its almost 3x as large as even they recommended way back when.

In case you're interested, they recommended 500,000 acres. I keep reminding them of this in the comments to their FB posts.  As far as I know, they don't delete my comments.

Its classic of the environmental types types....they want the entire world locked up so it can only be visited by foot.

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On 12/4/2018 at 9:42 AM, cjjeepercreeper said:

A year after size reduction, Bears Ears National Monument fight continues

Still being argued in court.  Its been one year today.

The main photo on that page (inside the scrolling page) is beautiful! There should be a single track up that valley so more people can quickly access all of that beauty and enjoy it. Hiking, biking, horseback, moto.

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The main photo on that page (inside the scrolling page) is beautiful! There should be a single track up that valley so more people can quickly access all of that beauty and enjoy it. Hiking, biking, horseback, moto.


If you’re referring to the picture of Arch Canyon, there’s an existing Jeep road already. It’s a beautiful place that the greenies have been trying to lock up for far longer than this whole Bears Ears Obamanation.

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