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Branch went on to say that when President Obama established Bears Ears National Monument in December 2016, he selected the land that was confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the optics to be protected. But Native American and environmental protection groups fear removing federal protections paves the way for environmentally destructive corporate activities on land of archaeological significance. While past presidents have used the Antiquities Act to protect unique lands and cultural sites in America, Trump is instead mangling the law, opening this national monument to coal mining instead of protecting its scientific, historic, and wild heritage.
In a statement Monday, NARF said: "President Trump's action to revoke and replace the Bears Ears National Monument is not only an attack on the five sovereign nations with deep ties to the Bears Ears region, it is a complete violation of the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution". "We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts".
In the proclamation announcing the redrawn boundaries of Bears Ears, President Trump claimed that the move was necessary due to "the lack of a threat of damage or destruction to many of those objects". This proposal is the largest reversal of federally-protected land in us history. Beneath the graphics is an entry explaining "Why Patagonia is in the fight to protect public lands." . "That positive impact extends from our largest cities to the vitality of our rural communities", REI said in a statement.
Patagonia posted on its website on Monday: "The President Stole Your Land." . "In that light, we believe there is a compelling case to maintain the integrity of our existing national monuments". "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".
President Trump signs proclamations shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments Monday.
In July, the Outdoor Industry Association also announced that Outdoor Retailer, one of the largest outdoor trade shows in the US, will move its location to Denver next year. The company cites statistics estimating that the outdoor recreation industry employs 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 million in economic activity - outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the USA fossil fuels sector.
Trump, however, is defending the move wholeheartedly and expressing the benefits expected to come from it.