Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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The federal government has unveiled final management plans for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized more than two years ago that ensure lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling despite pending lawsuits.

Joe Wilson and Olivia Carril

There's a buzz in the air in southern Utah these days. A recent study shows incredible diversity among the bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante. Some 660 different species have been identified in this national monument—almost as many as all the bee species east of the Mississippi River!


Rob Gay

When President Trump shrank the size of two national monuments in Utah, it left many hundreds of scientifically valuable fossil sites outside the new boundaries. Paleontologists are worried about their fate. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


Is Trump's Utah Monument Reduction Plan Legal?

Dec 6, 2017
Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

At least five tribes including the Hopi and Navajo are among more than a dozen groups suing President Trump over his decision to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. KNAU’s Justin Regan reports, the legal argument is over whether or not the president has the authority to shrink a monument. 


visitsouthernutah.com

Utah has long stood out for going far beyond other western states in trying to get back control of its federally protected lands.

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