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Patagonia, REI Slam Trump for Downsizing National Monument Protected Lands

Patagonia, REI Slam Trump for Downsizing National Monument Protected Lands

Using the same reasoning as for reducing the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Trump wants to cut down the approximately 1.35 million acres, designated as federally protected land by former President Barack Obama on December 28, 2016, by over 1.15 million acres, down to only 201,876 acres.

Audio will be available later today.

Environmental groups and Native American tribes wasted no time in filing lawsuits to stop the Trump administration's vast cuts to two Utah national monuments. The outdoor clothing and gear manufacturer said it will join forces with environmental organizations, Native American groups and other businesses to keep those lands protected.

The authority to create national monuments is afforded to presidents under a 1906 law called the Antiquities Act, and in the century since the law was passed, it has been used to protect millions of acres of wilderness and scores of culturally significant sites.

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments", said Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario in a statement.




The first proclamation Trump signed will shrink the size of the Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, or around 1.1 million acres.

REI also disagreed with the move, noting that the decision would deplete the USA outdoor industry's economic growth. "That positive impact extends from our largest cities to the vitality of our rural communities", REI said in a statement. No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so.

"The argument that somehow President Trump stole land is nefarious, false and a lie", he said. Climbers, hikers, hunters and anglers all agree that public lands are a critical part of our national heritage and these lands belong not just to us, but to future generations.

Conservation and national monuments go hand-in-hand. On Tuesday, the Outdoor Retail Association said the decision ignores the public's desire to protect national monuments and reduces the economic potential for the USA outdoors industry.

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". However, in announcing the sweeping change, the Prez said it should be up to Utah residents to decide whether the land is developed at all. "The Outdoor Industry Association will continue to educate the industry and all Americans about President Trump's assault on our industry and our nation's public lands, and we will continue to support the members of Congress who defend both and who understand the importance of the outdoor recreation economy to local communities".


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