President Trump has announced his decision to effectively eliminate vast portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, potentially harming the booming local economy around the landscape and putting its paleontological treasures at risk of vandalism and development. Tweet at Trump to tell him this attack on Grand Staircase-Escalante is unacceptable!
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah is a geological, paleontological and scenic treasure unrivaled in the world.
The slot canyons, arches and stunning features of the landscape inspire wonder in those who visit. The region’s world-class paleontological resources continue to provide new opportunities for scientific study and discovery. With this combination of values, it is easy to understand why this area was protected by President Bill Clinton over 20 years ago.
The fossil fuel industry has long eyed the coal resources found in the region, and it has had the support of Utah politicians, who have vocally opposed conservation efforts on public lands within the state. Immediately after President Donald Trump’s election, these politicians began lobbying him to remove protections for Grand Staircase-Escalante, as well as Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah. Despite the recent rapid decline in demand for domestic coal, they have found a sympathetic ear in the Trump administration, which is proudly developing a fossil-fuels-above-all energy plan, at the expense of places like Grand Staircase-Escalante.