Trump to reduce size of Bears Ears National Monument, Hatch says


President Trump told Sen. Orrin Hatch on Friday that he plans to approve tightening the borders of Bears Ears National Monument, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

The president called Mr. Hatch to tell him of the decision according to Utah Republican’s office and he was “incredibly grateful.”

The new boundaries are not entirely clear, but Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly recommended cutting off the southeastern area of the monument. He has previously proposed reducing the park from 1.35 million acres to 160,000 acres, according to the New York Times. This would be the largest reduction of a monument by any president if it’s enacted.

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