Biden restores protections stripped by Trump in wild areas

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden on Friday restored environmental protections for two wild Utah expanses linked to America’s indigenous history, and also a biodiverse area of the Atlantic, reversing his predecessor Donald Trump’s move to open the national monuments to mining and fishing. Biden signed the proclamations at a ceremony on the North Lawn at the White House, restoring the full size and status at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in Utah, as well as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts area off the east coast. “After the last administration chipped away their pr…

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