Up for Grabs: The State of Fossils Protection in (Recently) Unprotected National Monuments

Georgetown Environmental Law Review Online (forthcoming)

University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 263

23 Pages Posted: 30 May 2018 Last revised: 6 Oct 2018

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John Ruple

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law

Michael Henderson

S.J. Quinney College of Law

Caitlin Ceci

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Students

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

On December 4, 2017, President Trump removed 2 million acres of land from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. President Trump justified the reductions in part by claiming that many of the objects contained in the original monuments were already protected by other federal laws, and that the protections previously afforded to sixty-three percent of the land in the two original monuments were “unnecessary for the care and management of the objects to be protected within the monument[s].” This article explains why, contrary to the President’s assertions, plant and invertebrate fossils on the more than two million acres of land that were excluded from the monuments now receive less protection than when they were included in the monuments.

Keywords: National Monuments, Fossils, Antiquities Act

Suggested Citation

Ruple, John and Henderson, Michael and Ceci, Caitlin, Up for Grabs: The State of Fossils Protection in (Recently) Unprotected National Monuments (2018). Georgetown Environmental Law Review Online (forthcoming); University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 263. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3185445 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3185445

John Ruple (Contact Author)

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Michael Henderson

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Caitlin Ceci

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Students ( email )

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

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