Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office says President Donald Trump called him Friday to confirm that Trump will reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument.
A statement from Hatch’s office says Trump will accept Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to shrink the borders of Bears Ears.
“I was incredibly grateful when the President called this morning to let us know that he is approving Secretary Zinke’s recommendation on Bears Ears,” Hatch said in a statement. “Protecting sacred antiquities is a matter of critical importance, and Secretary Zinke and the Trump administration found a better way to do it by rolling up their sleeves, digging in, and talking with Native American tribes. We’ll continue working closely with locals moving forward to ensure that Utahns have a voice in this process.”