Executive Power

The Looming Battle over the Antiquities Act

January 6, 2018

On December 4, 2017, President Trump announced his long-anticipated decisions to shrink two major national monuments in southern Utah. Trump shrunk the Bears Ears National Monument designated by President Obama at the end of 2016 from 1.35 million acres to 201,786 acres, a reduction of about 85%. The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument was reduced…

Mark Squillace

Making Sense of the National Monuments Conflict

December 7, 2017

The environmental community has been waiting for a shoe to drop ever since April 26th, when President Trump issued Executive Order 13792. The Order directed the Secretary of the Interior to recommend the reduction or abolition of national monuments that had been established or extended since the end of President Clinton’s first term. This past…

James Salzman