The Trump administration is eyeing the transfer or sale of more than 1,600 acres of federal land that until recently were part of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, according to a draft resource management plan published Wednesday. The 1,610 acres “identified for disposal” in the draft Bureau of Land Management plan includes 16 parcels ranging in size from 8.5 to 591.6 acres. The proposed land transfer is significant considering Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have repeatedly said they oppose selling off federal lands. Late last year, on Zinke’s recommendation, Trump cut the 1.87 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante, the largest land national monument in the country, roughly in half. The Bureau of Land Management did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Source: Huffington Post August 15, 2018 19:52 UTC