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Biden set to restore national monuments that Trump trashed

INTRO: President Joe Biden is expected to sign proclamations as soon as Friday to reverse former President Donald Trump’s rollbacks of two national monuments in Utah, likely restoring them to their original boundaries and reinstating more stringent safeguards.

The long-anticipated move, first reported by The Salt Lake Tribune and later confirmed Thursday by the office of Utah Gov. Spencer Cox ®, comes one year to the day after Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released their plan for tribal nations.

That plan included a commitment to “take immediate steps to reverse the Trump administration’s assaults on America’s natural treasures,” including orders that drastically shrunk the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

In 2017, Trump carved more than 2 million acres from the Utah sites — the largest rollback of federal land protections in U.S. history. The boundary of Bears Ears, a 1.35 million-acre landscape that is sacred to several Native American tribes, was shrunk by 85%. The nearby 1.87 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante ― the largest land national monument in the country, rich in both archeological and paleontological resources ― was cut roughly in half.

In recent weeks, Native American tribes and environmental groups have grown frustrated with Biden over what they saw as delayed action... (MORE)

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