The uncertain future of protected lands and waters

In 2017, the study noted, President Trump enacted two of the largest reductions of federally protected lands, shrinking Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah by 51 percent. Also in 2017, Congress voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas development.

Protected areas are intended to safeguard biodiversity in perpetuity, yet evidence suggests that widespread changes undermine protected area durability and efficacy.

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