‘Monument’ land grab: Obama’s parting shot at Utah, Nevada – and Bundy ranching family

‘Monument’ land grab: Obama’s parting shot at Utah, Nevada – and Bundy ranching family
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President Barack Obama stepped into a swirling land-use controversy in Nevada on Wednesday and declared a swath of desert known as Gold Butte a national monument.

The declaration places 300,000 acres of land under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management. Obama used the Antiquities Act to shelter land between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon. …

Gold Butte is near the ranch of Cliven Bundy, who along with local farmers and ranchers has sought to keep the property available for agricultural use.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., urged Obama not to designate the land as a national monument because of concerns by local constituents. …

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said he objected to the use of the Antiquities Act in designating Gold Butte as a national monument because it bypassed Congress and the public. …

In addition to Gold Butte, Obama designated 1.35 million acres in Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. …

Utah’s attorney general vowed to sue.

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