Yesterday, we reported on President Trump's controversial announcement that he would officially reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Escalante-Staircase national monuments.
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Trump's plan, which was suggested by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, reduces Bears Ears by 85 percent and cuts down Grand Staircase-Escalante to about half its former size.
Bears Ears, which was 1.35 million acres, will now encompass two monument units, Shash Jáa and Indian Creek. Shash Jáa is approximately 129,980 acres and Indian Creek is approximately 71,896 acres. Both will continue to be jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.
Grand Staircase-Escalante, which was 1.9 million acres, will now consist of three distinct monument units: the Grand Staircase (209,993 acres), Kaiparowits (551,034 acres), and Escalante Canyons (242,836 acres). All three will be managed by the BLM. The three new monument areas collectively total 1,003,863 acres.