Nestled in the same southeastern Utah region as Canyonlands and Arches National Park, Bears Ears National Monument protects a landscape with an incredible array of cultural, scenic and scientific values. It is hard to overstate the cultural significance of the monument, which was first recognized as worthy of protections by the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration over 80 years ago.
Mining, Drilling, Looting
Removing protections for Bears Ears National Monument would pave the way for oil and gas drilling and potash and uranium mining, inevitably destroying some of the area’s world-class cultural and natural resources.
The monument may have mineral resources within its boundaries, but leaders from all sides have recognized the area’s worthiness for protection. Even Utah Governor Gary Herbert and other typically anti-conservation Utah politicians have agreed that the area should be protected, and the monument designation closely followed the boundaries proposed by Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz in their Utah Public Lands Initiative Act of 2016 (PLI). The PLI stalled in the last Congress due to inadequate protections for the area proposed in the bill, which created the impetus for the monument. Despite widespread recognition of the area’s values, Utah officials have been highly critical of the monument designation and are working behind closed doors with the Trump administration to remove protections for the national monument.
President Trump has announced his decision to effectively eliminate Bears Ears National Monument, leaving countless sacred Native American sites open to plunder, exploitation and potentially development. Tweet at Trump to tell him this attack on the cultural sites of Bears Ears is unacceptable!