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Study: Cuts to Grand Staircase–Escalante NMon threaten a “hotspot of bee diversity”

According to scientists at Utah State University (USU), one out of every four bee species in the United States is found in Utah, and there are more bee species across the state than most others in the country. About half of these species live within the former boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is shrinking due to legislation that was passed last year.

“The monument is a hotspot of bee diversity,” said Joseph Wilson, an associate professor in USU’s Department of Biology.

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