Gov. Herbert delivers message on national monuments to President Obama [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: *
For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards
edwards@utah.gov
801.755.3085
Gov. Herbert delivers message on national monuments to President Obama
SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 22, 2016) – Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert urged President
Barack Obama today during a meeting to work with states and local community
leaders on public lands issues instead of pursuing a unilateral national
monument declaration.
In personal remarks, Gov. Herbert told President Obama of the mistrust and
acrimony that still exists in Utah from President Bill Clinton’s 1996
declaration of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Gov.
Herbert reminded the president that former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and other
local and congressional leaders first learned about the monument–a
designation two and a half times larger than the entire state of Rhode
Island–in the news media. No local or state collaboration took place.
In conjunction with the meeting held with governors from across the nation,
Gov. Herbert also hand-delivered a letter to President Obama today during
White House meetings.
“Given the heated and antagonistic environment, which exists currently
related to public lands, I respectfully ask you refrain from using the
Antiquities Act to designate a national monument in Utah,” Gov. Herbert
said. “History shows this sort of action will only exacerbate an already
tense situation and will further perpetuate the longstanding public lands
conflict. Any unilateral action could set back progress, perhaps for
decades.”
The full contents of the letter can be viewed here

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