Defend Bears Ears

Defend Bears Ears

Earlier in 2018, the BLM and Forest Service announced they were initiating an extremely expedited planning process for creating a Management Plan for the two small units of Bears Ears that remain under National Monument status after President Trump attempted to cut Bears Ears by 85% last December.

While organizations like Friends of Cedar Mesa and tribes continue to challenge the legality of Mr. Trump’s proclamation removing protections for places like Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, Sand Island, and Cottonwood Wash, we strongly believe the areas inside the reduced monument are in desperate need of active management and a workable ...

Earlier in 2018, the BLM and Forest Service announced they were initiating an extremely expedited planning process for creating a Management Plan for the two small units of Bears Ears that remain under National Monument status after President Trump attempted to cut Bears Ears by 85% last December.

While organizations like Friends of Cedar Mesa and tribes continue to challenge the legality of Mr. Trump’s proclamation removing protections for places like Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, Sand Island, and Cottonwood Wash, we strongly believe the areas inside the reduced monument are in desperate need of active management and a workable plan, especially for dealing with the skyrocketing of numbers visiting front-country archaeological sites in the area.

As such, we actively participated in the “scoping phase” of planning, providing the BLM positive and constructive ideas for what is needed in a Monument Management Plan. The agencies released a draft plan, which included a “preferred alternative,” offering little protection.

Help Friends of Cedar Mesa ensure Bears Ears does not become a monument in name only. 

 

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Tell Secretary Bernhardt Bears Ears Deserves Better

First President Trump attempted to cut 1 million acres from Bears Ears National Monument. Now, his Administration has issued a final plan for managing the remaining 15%. The Monument Management Plan would make Bears Ears a "second-class monument," with lack luster protections.

Please tell Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that Bears Ears deserves better. Everyone agrees this 15% is deserving of Monument status. So, we should all support robust protections for this internationally significant landscape that's sacred to indigenous peoples.

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