Bears Ears National Monument
It turns out treating the environment and public lands as an afterthought doesn’t sit well with many Americans.
The president is threatening 10-year prison sentences for anyone who vandalizes a monument. He has destroyed four himself, including one honoring Native American cultural heritage.
Officials said the management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments provide "certainty" to businesses and communities.
Most of the mineral rights are being eyed by a Canadian copper mining firm. But there's other interest.
The company has entered into an agreement to purchase mineral rights to a former copper mine site within the original boundary of Grand Staircase-Escalante.
“Essentially, barring a surprise, there is no new information that’s going to be submitted,” an agency official said.
Obtaining mineral rights is easy through America's antiquated system. Doing anything with them is hard.
The new Bears Ears National Monument boundary strips protections for approximately three-fourths of known archaeological treasures.
“I will probably spend the rest of my career working on this site," said paleontologist Robert Gay.
Supporters of Bears Ears see Trump’s rollback of protected land as “tragic.” Others say it didn’t go far enough.