Zinke to tour Bears Ears amid Trump monuments review

Zinke to tour Bears Ears amid Trump monuments review

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to tour the controversial Bears Ears National Monument on Monday, local officials in Utah told the Deseret News

Zinke will tour part of the 1.35-million acre Bears Ears monument on horseback, a county commissioner told the paper after meeting with Zinke on Tuesday. 

Zinke will also visit the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument next week. 

The two monuments are the bookends for a Trump administration review of federal monument designations under the Antiquities Act. 

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President Trump last week signed an executive order to determine whether to rescind, resize or modify the large monument designations made between 1996, when President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump sues to block NY prosecutors' subpoena for his tax returns Most voters say there is too much turnover in Trump administration RNC spokeswoman on 2020 GOP primary cancellations: 'This is not abnormal' MORE designated Grand Staircase-Escalante, and 2016, when President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE designated Bears Ears.  

Zinke is due to finish the monuments review within 45 days, making recommendations to Trump on both the monuments themselves and potential legislative changes to the Antiquities Act. 

The Interior Department confirmed Zinke's trip on Wednesday.

Conservationists praised Obama’s designation of Bears Ears in December, but some local groups and officials, including Republicans in Utah’s congressional delegation, slammed the decision as federal overreach.