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Analysis: Biden could use Antiquities Act to designate many new NMons; former Texas base top of list

During his four years in office, President Trump cheered critics of the federal estate by rarely deploying the Antiquities Act — and when he did, he used it to cull millions of acres of public lands from protected status.

Now conservationists are optimistic that President-elect Joe Biden will dust off the century-old law not only to reinstate a pair of Utah monuments to their former magnitude but also to protect other public lands prized for their cultural, historical or scientific importance.

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