Day 53: Protect Bears Ears National Monument!

Protect 1.3 M Acres of Sacred Native American Sites and Wilderness

DAY 53 ACTION: Call your member of Congress and tell them to protect Bears Ears National Monument! (While on the phone, tell them you oppose ending the ACA, too.)

The Cedar Mesa Moon House at Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Credit: BLM/Creative Commons

“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.” – Teddy Roosevelt

President Obama established Bears Ears National Monument, protecting 1.3 million acres of religious and ecological importance. In January, the Utah Congressional delegation asked Trump to reverse this decision. On Thursday, the Utah legislature also asked Trump to revoke monument status

A coalition of tribes is fighting for Bears Ears; they have invited Interior Secretary Zinke to visit and learn first-hand why monument status is so important. Religious groups are coming out in support of Bears Ears, too. And because the state opposes public lands protection, Outdoor Retailers pulled their recreation convention from Salt Lake City, the host city for 20 years.  

Scholars say President Trump has no authority to revoke another President’s monument. But, Congress could strip Bears Ears of protection.

**If you have 4 minutes, listen to this short report on the threat to Bears Ears.**

Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act in 1906. Since then, Presidents have used the law to protect many beloved landscapes, including the Grand Canyon and Jackson Hole. Both were controversial designations. But today, as National Parks, they protect amazing ecosystems and support a thriving tourism industry. In 2015, Grand Teton National Park contributed $728 million to the local economy and created nearly 9,000 jobs.

Bears Ears could be the next Grand Canyon or Grand Teton National Park. But not if Congress strips it of monument status!

Today’s Action: Tell your Member of Congress to protect Bears Ears National Monument. It protects sacred lands, preserves stunning landscapes, and invests in the economic future of southeastern Utah.


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