Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz and Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee introduce companion bills in the House and Senate that would prohibit the future establishment of national monuments in Utah except as authorized by Congress.
Last year, Congressman Bishop obtained the internal Treasured Landscapes memo created by the Department of Interior that lists as many as 14 possible new national monuments, two of which are located in Utah. In total, the memo, which has since generated a groundswell of opposition across the West, identifies as many as 13 million acres of federally owned land and approximately 26 million acres of private land as areas that could potentially be subject to national monument designations.