WASHINGTON — President Biden is expected to announce on Friday that he will use his executive authority to restore sweeping environmental protections to three major national monuments that had been stripped away by former President Donald J. Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Biden will reinstate and slightly expand the original 1.3 million acre boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument , and restore the original 1.8 million acre boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante, two rugged and pristine expanses in Utah that are defined by red rock canyons, rich wildlife and archaeological treasures. He will also restore protections covering the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine monument, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, an expanse of sea canyons and underwater mountains off the New England coast. Mr. Trump had sharply reduced the size of all three national monuments at the urging of ranchers, fishermen and many Republican leaders, opening them to mining, drilling and development. Mr. Trump’s 2017 decision to slash Bears Ears by nearly 85 percent alarmed paleontologists, environmentalists and Native American groups. Bears Ears is rich in fossils dating back hundreds of millions of years and is an important cultural landmark for tribal nations. Bears Ears and the […]


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