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Patagonia sues Trump to protect Utah national monuments

07 December 2017, 11:02 | Myron Mathis

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George Frey Getty Images

Following the recent presidential proclamations to drastically reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Patagonia has taken yet another bold environmental stance by blacking out its homepage in opposition of the move and calling on consumers to take action against "the largest elimination of protected land in American history".

Other organizations, including the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), have also expressed concern over Trump's national monument agenda.

President Trump travelled to Salt Lake City to make the announcement and declared the millions of acres of land is now open for hunting and economic development.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, created by Bill Clinton in 1996, will be downsized from 1.9 million acres to 1 million acres.

Nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice filed

According to Earthjustice, the Antiquities Act grants presidents the authority to designate public land as federally protected areas under national monuments to safeguard significant features of natural, cultural, historic or scientific interest.

Pidot said they will argue that under the U.S. Constitution, the president doesn't have the right to undo designations made under the Antiquities Act, that's the job of Congress.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the lawsuit won't change the administration's decision.

Ancient granaries, part of the House on Fire ruins are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument.

In the proclamation announcing the redrawn boundaries of Bears Ears, President Trump claimed that the move was necessary due to "the lack of a threat of damage or destruction to many of those objects".

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments", said Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario in a statement. "In that light, we believe there is a compelling case to maintain the integrity of our existing national monuments".

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