Trouble in Public Lands


Newly confirmed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has stated that one of his first priorities will be to visit Utah to meet with stakeholders and lawmakers to discuss the Bears Ears National Monument designation, which he calls a “problem.”

The Utah legislature recently passed a resolution to rescind Bears Ears National Monument and ask the Trump administration to sign an executive order to nullify the monument designation. Access Fund supports Bears Ears National Monument, as well as our Native American partners who have been short-changed by Utah’s elected officials.

what and where is Bears Ears

Bears Ears National Monument is a United States National Monument located in San Juan County in southeastern Utah. The monument protects 1,351,849 acres (547,074 ha) of public land surrounding the Bears Ears, a pair of mesas. The area within the monument is largely undeveloped and contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources. The monument is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service (through the Manti-La Sal National Forest), along with a coalition of five local Native American tribes; the Navajo Nation, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Pueblo of Zuni, all of which have ancestral ties to the region. The monument borders Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and surrounds Natural Bridges National Monument.


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