Biden to Restore Protections for Three National Monuments

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White House reverses action by Trump on two monuments in Utah and one on New England coast

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It reverses a decision by Mr. Trump to cut protected land by two-thirds, and it slightly expands Bear Ears from its original designation.

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Mr Biden will also restore marine life protection for the Northeast Valley and Seamount Marine National Monument near New England. Mr Trump had sought to reopen the area to commercial fishing, which was challenged in court by environmental groups.

In Utah, tribal leaders are pressing Biden to restore and possibly expand the boundaries of the monument.

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The action “reflects this administration’s commitment to preserving our public lands and respecting the voices of Indigenous peoples,” Representative Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) chairman of the House committee that oversees the Interior Department said in a statement. said in the statement.

The Biden administration has spent months reviewing the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, a hot-button issue for American Indian tribes that consider the land in Utah sacred and Republican state leaders who seek minimal federal interference in the region. want.

Mr Trump was in favor of animal husbandry and mining interests, backed by Utah elected officials, saying the previous administration had “imposed harmful and unnecessary restrictions on hunting, animal husbandry and responsible economic development.”

Mr Trump also wanted to allow timber harvesting and off-road vehicle use on the memorial land, and to allow oil and gas leasing on land removed from the original borders.

The White House has scheduled a signing ceremony for Friday afternoon, restoring security.

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