Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Officials said the management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments provide "certainty" to businesses and communities.
The lands President Donald Trump carved from Grand Staircase-Escalante included a 40-acre parcel owned by his ally and former Utah state Rep. Mike Noel.
An Interior Department official claims Secretary Ryan Zinke "did not see the proposal before it went out and was not happy about it."
A GOP state lawmaker in Utah could score big from a proposed “disposal” of more than 1,600 acres that Trump stripped from Grand Staircase-Escalante.
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.
Fossils face another extinction courtesy of the president.
In December, President Donald Trump cut more than 2 million acres from a pair of protected Utah sites.
Tribal leaders view Rep. John Curtis' bill on Bears Ears as another "shameful" attack on sovereignty.
Downey Magallanes, a top aide of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, met with senior officials of her father's longtime employer, Peabody Energy, in June.