A section of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is pictured on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

President Joe Biden’s 30 by 30 plan is under attack by a group of GOP senators, including Utah’s Mitt Romney, because of what they say is a lack of transparency.

“Without full disclosure of the details of the 30 by 30 program, its environmental, budgetary, and legal impacts remain unknown and the public is left in the dark. This is hardly the open and transparent process the administration promised,” the senators wrote in a letter to White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory

The 30 by 30 plan: Biden signed an executive order to set aside 30% of the nation’s lands and waters for conservation by the year 2030. The goal is troubling, in particular, to states in the West where so much of the land is already owned by the federal government.

In Utah, for example, nearly 63% of land within its borders, or 33.2 million acres, is owned/managed by the federal government.

Presidential designations of monuments in Utah that happen despite overwhelming political opposition — think Grand Staircase and Bears Ears — set aside vast tracts of land for “protection” and also instill GOP bitterness and distrust as wide open as those landscapes.

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