Biden reversing controversial Trump policy that limited protections at 3 national monuments


Biden to restore boundaries of protected areas that were reduced by Trump

(Reuters) -President Joe Biden will restore the boundaries of three American nature reserves, known as national monuments, that were reduced in size by former President Donald Trump to allow commercial activity, the White House said on Thursday. The restoration will protect more than 3.2 million acres (1.3 million hectares) in Southern Utah known as the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, as well as the nearly 5,000 square mile (8,000 sq km) Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New England. Environmental groups and Native American tribes cheered the news, calling it a victory for conservation over development.

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