“We’re very, very thankful for President Trump what he did in downsizing the national monument and bringing attention to the fact we can still have national parks that we can bring people to Utah, but we don’t have to lock up all of our land,” he said.

Fox 13

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature will consider a proposal to name a road after President Trump.

Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, introduced House Bill 481 on Thursday, which would rename the Utah National Parks Highway as the “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway.”

Rep. Noel told FOX 13 it was in appreciation for the president’s work on public lands, particularly shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and advocating for local control of public lands.

“I believe and trust what he’s done and I think we ought to recognize him for that. This is to dispel the myths that come out in the news that this guy is going to damage the public lands. He’s not,” Rep. Noel said.

The road stretches from Lake Powell through Washington, Iron, Garfield, Wayne, San Juan and Grand counties, touching each of the “mighty five” national parks. It also goes near parts of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Those are the same monuments President Trump shrank when he visited Utah in November. Lawsuits have been filed challenging those proclamations.

Rep. Noel insisted it was a worthy designation and his southern Utah constituents would support it.

“We’re very, very thankful for President Trump what he did in downsizing the national monument and bringing attention to the fact we can still have national parks that we can bring people to Utah, but we don’t have to lock up all of our land,” he said.

Rep. Noel also pointed to President Trump’s recent budget that would spend billions on national park improvements (some of that would come from oil and gas extraction on federal lands).

Rep. Noel acknowledged President Trump is controversial, but said he believed public lands would remain public and protected.

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