Bishop, Chaffetz unveil long-awaited lands bill in bid to block a Bears Ears National Monument

Washington • Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz introduced a package of bills Thursday with the immediate hope of preventing President Barack Obama from creating a Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County.

But the larger goal of the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) is to end decades of acrimony among environmentalists, ranchers, oil and gas drillers, recreationalists and tribal leaders, with a plan that brings certainty to the seven rural counties that took part in this grueling three-year process.

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