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America's National Monuments Under Review

Judy Fahys
The Bears Ears buttes in southwestern Utah.

Last week, President Donald Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the designation of every national monument declared via the Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996. The order is especially relevant to Utah. Grand Staircase-Escalante was the only monument proclaimed in ’96. And Secretary Zinke said he would in short order make a specific recommendation on the state’s new Bears Ears Monument. Wednesday, we’re asking what this review means for Utah. We’ll also discuss the history and future of the Antiquities Act.


  • Brian Maffly is a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune covering public land and the environment.
  • Judy Fahys is a reporter for KUER News covering the environment.
  • Boyd Matheson is president of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative public policy think tank based in Salt Lake City.
  • John Ruple is an Associate Professor (Research) of Law at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment where he works on public lands and water resource management.
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