- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is among the places Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to visit this summer to hear about proposals for conserving public lands.

American Indian tribes and Utah’s congressional delegation have been at odds over land management in southeastern Utah.

The tribes and conservation groups have called on President Barack Obama to designate 1.9 million acres as the Bears Ears National Monument. They say the land is under constant threat from off-road vehicles and looting.

Members of Utah’s congressional delegation have said any monument designation will be met with fierce opposition. They unveiled a plan earlier this year to protect 4 million acres of public land. The plan also would free up more than 1 million acres for recreation, and oil and gas development.

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