- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s all-Republican congressional delegation is urging President Barack Obama not to use his broad authority to designate a new national monument in the southeast part of the state.

Utah’s two senators and four U.S. representatives sent a letter to Obama on Friday opposing a possible monument in the Bears Ears region.

American Indian and conservation groups say the area is under threat from ATVs and looting and are calling for a 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument.

Obama has not said he intends to designate a monument there but the U.S. Interior Department says it’s concerned that tribal members’ concerns have not been addressed by a land plan from Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz.

Utah’s congressional officials told Obama in the letter that any monument designation will be met with fierce opposition.

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