BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — President Trump’s proclamation Monday shrinking two National Monuments in Utah jeopardizes at least 150 miles of roads and trails used by cyclists and could lead to the loss of protection for much more cycling terrain around the country, according to PeopleForBikes.
“The President’s attack on our public lands puts 150 miles of pristine bike riding at risk,” said Tim Blumenthal, the president of PeopleForBikes. “We will continue to fight tooth and nail alongside our partners to keep this land as national monuments.”
Native American groups and conservation groups immediately launched court challenges to Trump’s proclamation, which has been expected for several months. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are working on legislation that would determine the future of the lands.
As for the 150 miles Blumenthal was referring to, he meant roads and trails in areas protected by monument status before Trump’s proclamation but which would lose that protection if Trump’s proclamation is upheld by the courts. The roads — the Burr Trail, Lockhart Basin and Elk Ridge — are in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bears Ears National Monument. Both monuments were greatly reduced in size by Trump’s proclamation.