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Congressman Plan Legislation On Utah Monuments

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Two Utah congressmen are introducing legislation addressing two national monuments that President Donald Trump is drastically shrinking, turning one into a small national park and allowing Native Americans to help manage the other.

Republican Rep. John Curtis said at a press conference Tuesday that his measure on Bears Ears National Monument would allow Native Americans and local residents manage the land.

Republican Rep. Chris Stewart says his legislation would create a modest national park at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that's about 156 square miles (404 square kilometers).

The monument designated by President Bill Clinton in 1996 was nearly 3,000 square miles (7,770 square kilometers).

In addition to creating Escalante Canyons National Park, Stewart says his measure would allow coal mining and grazing within other areas.