• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Biden expected to quickly rescind Trump cuts to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase–Escalante NMons

Among the speculated items on President-elect Joe Biden's to-do list that is expected to get quick action is an executive order rescinding President Trump's dismantling of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, action that possibly could spur even more legal battles over these unique landscapes.

"His campaign has been clear that restoring the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments is a top priority and we're very grateful for that," said Steve Bloch, the legal director for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. "That's our expectation, that the Biden administration will restore the monuments to their original if not expanded glory. The monuments suffered under the Trump administration, and we're looking forward to having the protections that come along with monument status restored and the Interior Department managing them like the national treasures that they are."

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