After President Trump reduced the size of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, environmentalists feared the lands would be opened up … More
Like many people, I’ve been monitoring, with dread, updates on the wildfires burning in California. The Camp Fire, which is … More
Federal lands have long been a source of political conflict. In the 70s and 80s, the Sage Brush Rebellion challenged … More
Last week, President Trump issued two long-awaited proclamations reducing the size of two controversial national monuments in Utah. The same … More
If the President undoes a monument and successfully defends that action, it could lead to broader reform of the Antiquities Act that allows monuments and many other federal lands to be managed more effectively for both people and the environment.
If Congress can only protect its choices by broadly preempting states laws, it will. And, in the long run, states will have less room to protect the environment than they would if courts continued to enforce the balance. That would be a significant blow to both federalism and the environment.
Shifting the cost of recreational opportunities on federal lands to those who enjoy them will better reveal how valuable this use of these lands is.
If red states must accept Congress’ decisions about federal lands, blue states do too.