With the stroke of a pen Presidents Clinton and Obama grabbed large parts of Utah and transferred them to the federal government.

With the stroke of a pen President Trump is giving Utah’s land back to the public.

CFACT’s Bonner Cohen and good friend Martha Boneta explain at The Daily Caller:

Under the Antiquities Act of 1906, only objects of historic or scientific interest are to be protected “within the smallest area compatible with the protection of those objects.” In keeping with the letter and spirit of the law, the first national monument, Devils Tower in Wyoming, was less than 1,200 acres.

Compare that size with Clinton’s Grand Staircase-Escalante designation, which covered 1.9 million acres or Obama’s Bear Ears designation, which came in at 1.35 million acres.  A law originally intended to protect Native American artifacts from plunder was transformed into an instrument to create de facto wilderness areas, with severe restrictions on land use and public access. Instead of safeguarding sacred tribal sites and archeological treasures, the law has been stretched to include protecting World War II bombing craters, “biodiversity,” “view sheds” and “remoteness.”

What’s more, under the Wilderness Act of 1963, only Congress has the power create wilderness areas, not the White House through executive fiat. By circumventing Congress on the Wilderness Act, and through twisting the wording of the Antiquities Act beyond recognition, Presidents Clinton, Obama and George W. Bush tightened the grip of the federal administrative state over the lives of ordinary Americans.

Patagonia, a corporation that sells outdoor recreational goods, is threatening to sue.

They’ve got it all wrong.

As CFACT’s Marc Morano explained on Fox, giving the people of Utah back their land means the public can now live, work and enjoy there once again, while ensuring that nature flourishes at the same time.


  • Craig Rucker

    Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.