Bears Ears reduction goes into effect

Bears Ears reduction goes into effect. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — President Trump's decision to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante went into effect Friday at 6:00 a.m. The decision was reached alongside Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and now Utah lawmakers hope to take it a step further.

The national monument of Bears Ears was reduced from 1.4 million acres to 200,000 acres.

Two Utah lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that will exclude the state of Utah from the Antiquities Act, which allows the president to create a national monument from federal land.

States that are already exempted from this are Wyoming and Alaska.

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