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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke shakes hands with William Tillahash of the Ute Mountain tribe as he meets and talks with those who want the Bears Ears Monument rescinded at a rally in Blanding, Utah, on Monday, May 8, 2017.

On Monday, President Donald Trump will visit the state of Utah. It was reported Thursday that he will reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by almost half.

Deseret News photographers have been documenting the contentious debate over national monuments in Utah. From public protests to visits by government officials to the landscapes in question, see images that reflect how the issue has unfolded.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Anna Christiansen, of Salt Lake City, yells before being removed from the room after Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, ended public comment on HCR11, which would urge the president to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument designation, during a Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Large crowds listen to speakers during the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments rally in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Utah Governor Gary R Herbert talk with media before making a short hike to an overlook in the Butler Wash area of the Bears Ears National Monument to view ancient ruins on Monday, May 8, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Nathan Waggoner and his son Gus walk to join supporters of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument calling on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to listen to the people in Kanab, Utah, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Danielle Shirley holds an opposition sign during a rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Signs are held during a rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Wednesday, May 18, 2016. to promote the creation of a Bears Ears National Monument.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, speaks to members of the Utah House at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, about a resolution calling for the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to be reduced.