- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican Congressman Ron Bishop of Utah says he plans to meet Monday with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to discuss the possibility of erasing some presidential designations of national monuments.

Bishop told the Deseret News (https://goo.gl/pr3yT3 ) that the designations he’d like undone include President Bill Clinton’s 1996 creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalanate National Monument in southern Utah.

Bishop also wants to overturn any action by President Barack Obama to create the proposed Bears Ears national monument, also in southern Utah.

Bishop says presidents have altered boundaries of previously designated monuments and nothing explicitly prohibits presidents from rescinding designations.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Attorney Steve Bloch argues against undoing protections for public lands, and he says Bishop’s ideas for unraveling presidential designations of national monuments venture into uncharted waters.


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