Tuesday/ ‘The President Stole Your Land’

Homepage of outdoor clothes maker Patagonia’s website today. Its billionaire owner is vowing to fight Trump’s executive order in court.

‘I have a bone to pick with your President Trump’ said my friend from South Africa on the phone today. (She is an enthusiastic outdoors person).  Yes, I said: I think I know what you mean.

From the New York Times: Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments* in Utah on Monday by some two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history.  The administration shrank Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by 85 percent, and cut another monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante, to about half its current size.

*National monuments are lands that are protected from development by law. They are roughly analogous to national parks, but while national parks are created by Congress, national monuments are created by presidents through the Antiquities Act. 

Observers say this order by Trump will precipitate a legal battle that could have far-reaching implications for the course of American land conservation, and for national monuments.

That’s me and my 1996 Toyota Camry, in the left corner.  The spectacular rock formation is in Monument Valley in the south of Utah, and the picture is from a road trip with my friend Marlien, in 1999. We had overnighted in a little town nearby, with the charming name of Mexican Hat.

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