Following Trump’s Executive Order to review over 20 years of national monument designations, the Department of Interior has announced a shockingly brief 15 day comment period on whether or not Bears Ears National Monument should continue to be protected.
These 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah were proposed by an unprecedented coalition of five Tribal Nations. When President Obama designated Bears Ears in December, a tribal commission was created to provide input on the management of the monument as part of the protections. Now the fate of these lands is uncertain.
Bears Ears is vital to tribal communities across the Colorado Plateau as a place of subsistence, spirituality, and healing. These lands are home to tens of thousands of important cultural sites, including the cliff dwellings, villages, and rock art panels of the Ancestral Puebloan people. This magnificent landscape, rich in biodiversity and of critical importance to the Colorado River Basin upon which 40 million people rely, must remain pristine and accessible for generations to come.
Tell the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to ensure Bears Ears National Monument remains protected.