Utah lawmaker wants to name highway after Donald Trump

Utah lawmaker wants to name highway after Donald Trump (Photo: Larry D. Curtis / KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker wants to name a highway in southern Utah after President Donald Trump.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Republican Rep. Mike Noel proposed the idea Thursday, in part to thank Trump for shrinking two national monuments that he and other state leaders opposed.

“I felt like it was an opportunity to thank the president for Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears,” Noel said. This comes a month after president Trump came to Utah and announced the shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument from 1.4 million acres to 200,000 acres.

Trump's move infuriated Native American tribes and environmentalists who say in it stripped important protections for natural and archaeological resources. Several groups are suing.

Noel says Trump got a bad rap and he's actually sincere about wanting to protect public land while still allowing people to do things like graze cattle and cut wood there.

Noel wants to rename National Parks Highway, which connects well-known parks like Zion, Arches, and Bryce.

If the bill passes, the new Donald J. Trump National Parks Highway would appear on road signs and maps.

The stretch of road would roughly start near Kanab, UT and will wind its way through La Verkin, UT, Cedar City, UT and then parallel to I-15 and then eventually end near Crescent Junction which is roughly over 625 miles.

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