National Monuments

Melissa Sevigny

Albert Einstein and John Muir were among famous visitors who marveled at the rainbow-colored petrified wood scattered over a lonely corner of northeast Arizona. The photographs they took are now helping tell an important story—petrified wood thievery isn’t as common as previously thought.  


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.


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Navajo President Russell Begaye is urging a Utah Congressman to withdraw a bill to officially shrink Bears Ears National Monument. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, tribal officials say the legislation threatens a culturally and religiously sensitive area


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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