President Donald Trump has declared a national monument in Utah, a move that comes amid a new wave of construction on the state’s public lands.
Trump signed the proclamation on Thursday that also declares the Uinta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Utah to be a National Monument, which would open up a land mass of about 2.3 million acres in the state for development.
Gary Herbert has previously told ABC News that the monument designation is only for a small area, but he said that would be the case with the Bears Ears National Monument.
Utah’s Department of Public Lands says that the state will likely seek to build a second national monument within a few years.
The current designation for the area is about 50,000 acres.
The Bears Earts National Monument would extend from the southern border of Utah, west to the Colorado River, west and east, and west to a point in Utah’s central desert called Utah Lake.
The designation would apply to the entire area west of Utah Lake, from the Utah-Arizona border to the Utah border.