President Joe Biden reinstated Obama-era boundaries for a trio of national monuments Friday, expanding the monuments by millions of acres under rigid federal restrictions.
The new boundaries include more than 1.3 million acres at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and more than 1.8 million acres at the state’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Biden also reintroduced commercial fishing limits on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument 130 off the New England coast.
“I am proud to stand with President Biden in restoring these monuments and fulfilling his commitment to the American people,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who, at the helm of the administration’s aggressive land agenda urged the president to reinstate the federal land grab in June.
The move reverses cuts made