As if reducing the size of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by a reprehensible 85 percent wasn’t enough, the Trump administration is now failing to protect the rest of this historic and beautiful part of the country, which is held sacred by the region’s Native American tribes. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service released a management plan for the monument that ditches any attempt at preserving 82,000 acres as true wilderness, weakens protections for the land’s iconic views, and threatens some of the world’s most well-preserved cultural artifacts. The plan would allow ranching, mining, and drilling on the land, as well as off-road vehicles to run roughshod over sacred sites and sensitive ecosystems. One Zuni tribe leader describes the plan as “like seeing that your grandmother’s house has been robbed.”
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Expert BlogBobby McEnaney
This newest management plan released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) spells out how the remaining 200,000 acres of the monument will be governed. The changes are so sweeping, what currently is known…
The president signed proclamations on Monday that would strip protections from Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
Latest NewsUtahJeff Turrentine
A lawsuit forced Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department to disclose files relating to the shrinking of national monuments. It’s easy to see why he wanted them to stay hidden.
Expert BlogKabir Green
Environmental champions in the Congress are kicking off the new legislative session by taking a stand to support national monuments. They’re taking action on behalf of the millions of Americans who want to see Utah’s Bears Ears and our other…
NRDC in ActionUtahNicole Greenfield
Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah will protect some of America’s most striking landscape—and its earliest history.