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President Trump will on Monday announce plans to slash the size of two United States national parks, provoking fury from environmentalists, native american tribes and conservationists.

Today, the president signed two proclamations drastically cutting land from two federal monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, by 80 percent and 45 percent, respectively. In a ceremony at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Mr. Trump told the crowd, "Your timeless bond with the outdoors should not be replaced by the whims of regulators thousands and thousands of miles away".

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The decision to shrink the national monuments, which were designated by President Obama, is highly controversial and pits conservationists and recreational users of public lands against the oil and mining industries, as well as other commercial interests. The second will reduce the size of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument by another 800,000 acres, to just under half of its current size, according to fact sheets from the White House.

The five tribes have said they will bring a legal case against the administration - the outcome could redefine the president's powers to use the Antiquities Act. "An attack on one national monument is an attack on every national monument". Trump is the first president to shrink a monument in decades. The President's move was met with protests in Utah and in San Francisco by environmentalists and some Native Americans.


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