Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

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Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

Cloud cover and rainfall in the Circle Cliffs region, an area removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, in Garfield County, Utah.
A sign supporting Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument at entrance of Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm in Boulder, Utah.
Panorama of the landscape just south of Colt Mesa in the Circle Cliffs region, an area removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Garfield County, Utah.
Colt Mesa is one of 18 sites with mining claims that are staked on ground that was removed from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.
Panorama of the landscape in the Circle Cliffs region, an area removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, in Garfield County, Utah.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

Cloud cover and rainfall in the Circle Cliffs region, an area removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, in Garfield County, Utah.
A sign supporting Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument at entrance of Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm in Boulder, Utah.
Panorama of the landscape just south of Colt Mesa in the Circle Cliffs region, an area removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Garfield County, Utah.
Colt Mesa is one of 18 sites with mining claims that are staked on ground that was removed from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.
Panorama of the landscape in the Circle Cliffs region, an area removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, in Garfield County, Utah.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

Anton Foltin of Tucson, Ariz., photographs the Toadstool Hoodoos in an area that was removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

The Toadstool Hoodoos in Kanab, Utah, stand in an area that was removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

A portion of a rib of the duck-billed dinosaur hadrosaurid was found in Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah in October 2018. Scientists continue to discover new species of dinosaurs there.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

One of several yurts at Escalante Yurts in Escalante, Utah.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

A fallen stake marks a claim on the Colt Mesa parcel, which, until 2018, was within the boundary of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Canadian company Glacier Lake Resources has claimed mining rights on the mesa.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

A sign at the entrance of Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm in Boulder, Utah.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

An aerial view of Colt Mesa in Garfield County, Utah. The mesa is part of the Circle Cliffs region that was removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Trump shrank a Utah monument for coal, but few care to dig

Paleontologist Randy Irmis makes his way to a newly discovered dinosaur site in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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