Outdoor gear company Patagonia vowed to sue the Trump administration over the president’s order to drastically shrink two national monuments in Utah, CNN reports.
The California-based company which is known for their environmental activism says they will fight the move in federal court.
CEO Rose Marcario called Trump’s order “unlawful,” adding, “We’ve fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we’ll continue that fight in the courts.”
Patagonia is one of a growing number of companies and activist groups to challenge Monday’s proclamation to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80 percent to 228,337 acres and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half, to one million acres.
The move would also separate Bears Ears into two national monuments and Grand Staircase-Escalante into three separate monuments.
Patagonia tweeted a message with the words, “The President Stole Your Land.”
“This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history,” the tweet, said, along with a link to a page allowing followers to support groups fighting to protect public lands.
— Patagonia (@patagonia) December 4, 2017
Outdoor retailer REI also hit back at the president’s move with a large photo of Bears Ears taking over their homepage. “We ❤ Our Public Lands,” the photo said.
The company said Trump’s proclamation “undermines the integrity” of the Antiquities Act, a law that allows the president to designate national monuments.
President Barack Obama used the act to designate Bears Ears as a national monument in 2016. President Bill Clinton designated Grand Staircase-Escalante in 1996.
North Face has vowed to donate $100,000 to an education center for Bears Ears.
The Canadian outdoors company Arc’teryx said they will donate $30,000 to a group that is suing to challenge Trump’s order.
Trump claimed that the move was necessary to “reverse federal overreach and restore the rights of this land to your citizens.”
The Interior Department insists that the action is “well within our authority.”
The Outdoor Industry Association warned that the move undercuts Trump’s claim to improve the economy and grow jobs.
The move is “detrimental to the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy and the 7.6 million American jobs it supports,” the group said in a statement on Monday.
“This decision… will harm hundreds of local Utah communities and businesses, will stifle millions of dollars in annual economic activity and threatens thousands of jobs in the region,” the statement said.
Along with outdoors groups, Native American activists are outraged over the latest assault on a region whose land they’ve long tried to protect.
Russell Begaye, the president of the Navajo Nation, said they would “stand and fight all the way” against Trump’s decision.
“We have suffered enough,” he told The New York Times, adding that the United States government has already taken “millions of acres of my people’s land.”
The only groups to back the move appear to be oil companies seeking to use the land to drill, and the Republican lawmakers they’ve bought and paid for.
The New York Times reports that the decision is “viewed as a victory for Republican lawmakers, fossil fuel companies and others who argue that monument designations are federal land grabs that limit revenue and stifle local control. And it is considered a defeat for many environmentalists and recreation groups and for the five Indian nations who have fought for generations to protect the Bears Ears region.”