Bears Ears National Monument
President Joe Biden asked the interior secretary to research whether Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante should be restored.
The president has vowed to “reverse the Trump administration’s assaults on America’s natural treasures.”
The painting features the former interior secretary riding a horse through Bears Ears National Monument shortly before he and Trump trashed the protected site.
The president-elect has vowed to not only reverse the Trump administration’s rollback of protected sites, but designate new ones.
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.