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Trump reduces the size of two national monuments

(NBC News) -

President Trump signed proclamations reducing a sprawling pair of national monuments in Utah by over 2 million acres.

The move was hailed by the state's republican-dominated political establishment but blasted by tribes, outdoor recreation and environmental groups.

The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments cover over 3 million acres. And were designated by previous democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

But President Trump will shrink Bears Ears by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by about half.

It's part of the Trump administration's move to put fewer restrictions on public lands and allow for more economic development.

Environmental groups are pledging to battle the move in federal courts.

The president heads to Utah, where he's expected to dramatically shrink the size of two national monuments.

President Trump will reduce "Bears Ears National Monument", currently 1.3 million acres, by almost 85 percent. 

With "Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument" losing almost half of its acreage.

That's according to reports from NBC News, the Associated Press, and the Washington Post. 

Thousands of people protested the plan over the weekend, while supporters say the National Monument designations are federal overreach.

Native American tribes and other opponents are expected to go to court. 

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