Arizona has a handful of national monuments that the federal government will be reviewing in the coming months.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is meeting with a coalition of five tribes that pushed for President Barack Obama to designate Bears Ears National Monument.
President Donald Trump ordered the review last month, saying protections imposed by his three immediate predecessors amounted to "a massive federal land grab" that "should never have happened".
On Friday, that list was released, and Arizona plays a prominent role.
The review also targets five marine monuments in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including a huge reserve in Hawaii established in 2006 by President George W. Bush and expanded a year ago by President Barack Obama.
The monument review is rooted in the belief of Trump and other critics that a law signed by President Theodore Roosevelt allowing presidents to declare monuments has been improperly used to protect wide expanses of lands instead of places with particular historical or archaeological value.
Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, put ads in newspapers in Utah and Montana over the weekend playing off Trump's own comments at the signing of the executive order in which he said, "I've heard a lot about Bears Ears, and I hear it's lovely".
More than 500 protesters urging the protection of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument are demonstrating outside a Salt Lake City building where U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is meeting with tribal leaders.
Trump's decision to consider changes to national monuments comes after Western Republican lawmakers, including Utah Sen.
Hatch and others contend the monument designation is a layer of unnecessary federal control that hurts local economies by closing the area to new energy development. The Antiquities Act does not give the president explicit power to undo a designation and no president has ever taken such a step.
Katahdin Woods and Waters is one of 27 national monuments it's reviewing under a presidential order. At 87,500 acres, Katahdin is the only one of the 22 monuments under review that is smaller than 100,000 acres, the minimum size designated by the order.
Public comments will be accepted about all the monuments as part of the review process.
Zinke's meeting with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, which pushed for the monument, was not open to the public or media.
Zinke will spend Sunday in Salt Lake City before traveling Monday to the southeastern corner of Utah to spend time in the Bears Ears area. Commissioner Rebecca Benally, a member of the Navajo Nation, also opposes the monument designation. Trump "should just honor our past leaders and those who were before him".
That timetable for a decision on the monument has energized opponents of the plan, a coalition that includes the Native American tribes, outdoor outfitters and environmental organizations.
Those who want Zinke to leave Bears Ears alone to preserve lands considered sacred by tribes made their voices heard, too.