Protesters call national park plan for Utah monument a ploy
It marked the third rally in the last two weeks in Salt Lake City by conservationists, tribes and others to voice their displeasure with an executive order signed last week by President Donald Trump to significantly shrink two national monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears.
By: AP | Salt Lake City | Published: December 13, 2017 11:35 am
FILE – In this undated file photo, the Upper Gulch section of the Escalante Canyons within Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument features sheer sandstone walls, broken occasionally by tributary canyons. (AP photo)
Environmental groups on Tuesday blasted a legislative proposal by US Rep. Chris Stewart that would create a small national park within the recently downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, calling it nothing more than a ruse to try to appease conservationists and open more land for mining and grazing.
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