Environmentalists say Donald Trump does not have authority to shrink Utah monument


Environmentalists say Donald Trump does not have authority to shrink Utah monument

Further down the page, Patagonia provides maps of each Monument, illustrating the extent to which they have been affected - 80 percent for Bears Ears and 45 percent for Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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The company made its website go black after Trump's announcement Monday, with the text "The President Stole Your Land" featured on the site. The company said it is now working with more than 350 businesses, conservation groups and Native American tribes to preserve the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, so future generations can celebrate the history of these public lands and have unrestricted access to them for recreational activities.

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of eight organizations on Monday, claiming the President violated the Antiquities Act, signed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to preserve ruins or monuments on federal land.

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said the coalition is suing to "protect the places we love", in a letter in Time magazine. "This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history". No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so.

Patagonia posted on its website on Monday: "The President Stole Your Land." . In total, five national monuments will see their size reduced, for a total rollback of 1.2 million acres that previously were under the federal government's protection. On Tuesday, the Outdoor Retail Association said the decision ignores the public's desire to protect national monuments and reduces the economic potential for the US outdoors industry. 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. Outdoor retailer Patagonia also signaled it would file suit this week. However, in announcing the sweeping change, the Prez said it should be up to Utah residents to decide whether the land is developed at all. "I have seen these impacts myself - and as an American, I am ashamed we have let this happen". "We will use the power of the law to stop Trump's illegal actions". "Public lands will once again be for public use because we know that people who are free to use their land and enjoy their land are the people most determined to conserve their land".