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In late two thousand. Seventeen president trump downsized to national monuments in Utah lawsuits from conservation groups and tribes are still working their way through the courts this week. The trump administration finalized plans to expand access for mining and drilling on many of those lands. The area has more an eleven billion tons of coal plus oil gas and other minerals but as nate Heggie of Mountain West News Bureau reports industry is wary of digging being in and locals are divided on whether it should brick crystal is enjoying the desert sun at a gas station just east of the town of Boulder right in the heart of grand staircase your case escalate any national monument. We're in January right now. Crystal is a local rancher and guide. WHO's lived here. Since one thousand nine hundred six and he says he welcomes. Welcome trump downsizing the monument and calling for more resource development on public lands here to open up for logging mining manufacturing. That trump is doing. I think it's a healthy thing for this country. It gets people to work with their hands. It gets people to produce things and this vast expanse of southern. Utah's Red Ed. Rock desert could produce a lot. There's coal coal seams. There's oil and gas there's some uranium there's tar sands John. FREEMUTH is a professor of public lands policy at Boise State University. He says industry has been kicking the tires of Utah's red. Rock desert for decades access to those minerals became available when president isn't it trump drastically reduced the boundaries of both bears ears and grand staircase landing national monuments but in the last two years big oil gas and mining. N- companies haven't come in yet. Freemuth says there are a lot of reasons for that. Industry is not stupid about the cost of producing things. I think they're pretty you know. L. Fairly a stood on the market and some of that stuff is deep and harder to get to are expensive to produce and in some cases there isn't much of a market demand right right now for minerals like coal and uranium so they may just stay underground but above ground. Another industry has been growing tourism. Tourism is a nope. It's a vital part of this community. Nathan Wagoner owns an outdoor gear shop in the town of Escalante tourism pumps more than one hundred and fifty million dollars into the region every year ear and employs almost half the people who live and work there most of them in the service industry and as people come to enjoy this place at different industries are popping up and foreseeing it. Just Main Street has changed in the last fifteen years and it's good to see it's good to see that in a small town in the west and that's why he so baffled that the trump administration would shrink this area's monuments and expand the potential here for mining and drilling. He says could scare away. Tourists and damage the pristine nature of this place. It's home to towering in canyons ancient petroglyphs and the clear shallow Escalante River. It runs eighty seven miles through the heart of its namesake monument. Jonathan Pack Leeann. Who Works for a local environmental nonprofit. Likes to come here some days after work getting out here for. Shell run its rejuvenating. And it's it's kind of like hitting a reset button undermined. He doesn't want to see this. Red Rock desert become a home for drilling and mining and he he may not have to. If the pending lawsuits by conservation groups and indigenous tribes are successful. The monuments will be restored and off limits to development once again for N._p._R.. News I Made Heggie an escalating Utah.