Interior secretary Zinke at Bears Ears national monument Department of Interior
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tours Bears Ears national monument.

Interior secretary suggests right-sizing Bears Ears National Monument

Zinke files 45-day report regarding Bears Ears monument designation and says 1.5 million-acre designation not the right way to preserve the area.

In a review ordered by the President, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said the Bears Ears National Monument should be “right-sized” and should not encompass the almost 1.5 million acres that the Obama Administration had determined for protection.

The designation of Bears Ears, located in Utah, as a national monument caught the attention of many when the Obama Administration declared it as one in late December. For cattle producers and ranchers, the designation makes t

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