A number of prominent outdoor-clothing retailers were vocal in their displeasure Monday after President Donald Trump ordered drastic reductions to the sizes of two national monuments in Utah.
“The President Stole Your Land,” read the mostly blacked-out homepage of Patagonia Inc., which is based in Ventura, Calif. A link urged customers to “Take action now.”
Patagonia Chief Executive Rose Marcario suggested the company would take legal action. “The administration’s unlawful actions betray our shared responsibility to protect iconic places for future generations and represent the largest elimination of protected land in American history. We’ve fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we’ll continue that fight in the courts,” she said in a statement.
The homepage of San Francisco-based The North Face Inc. urged customers to “Protect Bears Ears,” one of the two monuments that was shrunk in size, and said the company would donate $100,000 to support the creation of an education center outside the monument.
Recreation Equipment Inc., popularly known as REI, said “We (heart) our public lands.”
“Despite the loss of millions of acres of protected land today, REI will continue to advocate for the places we all love,” the Kent, Wash.-based outfitter said on its website.
The companies’ messages reflected the outrage of many outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists after Trump reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by about 85% to around 200,000 acres from 1.35 million acres, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to just over 1 million acres, about half of its current 2 million acres, in the largest reduction of public land in U.S. history. The monuments were established under the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Speaking in Utah, Trump said federal land regulations have inflicted “harmful and unnecessary restrictions on hunting, ranching, and responsible economic development.”
”Some people think that the natural resources should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. . . .They’re wrong,” Trump said.
The move could open the land to mining, drilling, logging and ranching.
At least five American Indian tribes said Monday they intended to sue to block the reduction, and late Monday, a coalition of eight environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, filed a lawsuit to fight the move.