Andrew Harnik, AP
President Donald Trump will fly to Utah Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, to announce changes in the size of two Obama-era national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.
I am sure President Donald Trump didn’t realize it, but today, in his shrinking of the two designations made by President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton, he actually created a more important monument — a monument to the way Utah gets things done.
The president listened to the combined voices of individual citizens, tribal members, small communities and elected officials from the county, state and federal levels. He responded to their calls and drastically reduced the size of both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments. It’s an important moment in Utah history.
Utah — more than any other state in the nation — epitomizes the motto which sat on President Ronald Reagan’s desk in the Oval Office. It read, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go as long as he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” That is why the Utah model works. As a people, we don’t care who gets credit as long as we get the right result. There is no “I” in Utah.
The changes brought about by the president’s actions were truly the culmination of countless, and often thankless, hours of effort by an army of individuals and groups. Our federal delegation, including Chairman Rob Bishop, Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Mia Love, Rep. Chris Stewart and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, all deserve praise and thanks. Their dedicated staffs in Washington and in Utah did much of the hard work and heavy lifting to drive this decision. Gov. Gary Herbert and members of the Utah Legislature worked tirelessly to make today a reality. Committee staff in Washington, along with Secretary Ryan Zinke and his entire team at the Department of Interior, should also receive high praise. The president’s desire to make a difference for the hardworking, and often forgotten, Utahns in our rural counties also played a critical part.
If those listed above were the only people who warranted credit we could stop there, but that would leave out thousands of others who are equally,…