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Conservationists pan Trump's plans for Bears Ears NMon; would allow roads, clearing of vegetation

Chaining, the practice of using heavy chains stretched between tractors or bulldozers to rip out vegetation, would be allowed in parts of Bears Ears National Monument under the Trump administration's proposed management plan. The plan, which also would allow new roads and utility lines to cross the landscape in southeastern Utah, drew immediate condemnation Friday from environmental and tribal groups, who are hoping their legal moves to reverse President Trump's redrawing of the monument's boundaries will prevent the plan from taking effect.

The Proposed Monument Management Plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement Shash Jáa and Indian Creek Units of Bears Ears released Friday addresses the small portion of the original monument designated by President Obama that remained after President Trump in December 2017 issued proclamations that, if upheld in court, would significantly shrink both Bears Ears and nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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