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In Utah, Trump Announces Dramatic Decreases In Size To State's National Monuments

07 December 2017, 11:00 | Israel Caldwell

In Utah, Trump Announces Dramatic Decreases In Size To State's National Monuments

In Utah, Trump Announces Dramatic Decreases In Size To State's National Monuments

However, the verdict of diminishing the Bears Ears National Monument is supposed to set off the legal battle which could alter the trail of American land conservation, keeping many other dozens of national monuments at the risk and probably opening million numbers of preserved public acres to gas and oil extraction, logging, mining and many other commercial activities.

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Patagonia has been in the fight to protect public lands for nearly 30 years- and we are proud to have played a part in the establishment of several national monuments, including Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments in Nevada.

It's a move supported by Utah's top Republican officials, but opposed by tribes and environmental groups.

In Utah, Trump Announces Dramatic Decreases In Size To State's National Monuments

"We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts", CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement to AdAge.

Also Monday, another lawsuit filed by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) challenges the proclamation that takes away about 85 percent of the Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah. This is the biggest reduction of federal land protection in the history of the nation. "That positive impact extends from our largest cities to the vitality of our rural communities", REI said in a statement.

The outdoor retailer has been opposing the Trump administration's public lands policies since the transfer of power from Barack Obama's presidency in January. "In that light, we believe there is a compelling case to maintain the integrity of our existing national monuments". In total, five national monuments will see their size reduced, for a total rollback of 1.2 million acres that previously were under the federal government's protection.

Outdoor retailer Patagonia is no stranger to throwing its weight behind worthy causes, particularly those aligned with its mission to "use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis". The company cites statistics estimating that the outdoor recreation industry employs 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 million in economic activity - outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the US fossil fuels sector. We will not let this stand. And we'll use every tool available and we will prevail.

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