President Trump unveiled a plan to shrink two national monuments as a move for states’ rights. This will revert lands now controlled by the government to land designated as public use. Trump referred the act of creating monuments as a federal land grab.
The natural resources defense council countered the plan by telling Trump “We’ll see Trump in court”. They argued that the Antiquities Act doesn’t permit the president to roll back land protections. The Antiquities Act is a 1906 law which allows presidents to wall off millions of acres at a time from future development.