Save Bears Ear and other National Monuments

Trump has issued an executive order to have Secretary Zinke review (with the intention of shrinking) National Monuments created in the last 20 years. Bears Ears has a shorter comment period than other monuments, so ACT NOW.

Comments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

The text below is adapted from the Grand Canyon Trust: http://grandcanyontrust.nonprofitsoapbox.com/zinke — you can also comment via this site.

To see the full list of monuments under threat see: https://www.doi.gov/…/interior-department-releases-list-mon…

Contact:

Ryan Zinke
Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1419 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 US
Phone: 202-208-7351

Script:

As you review Bears Ears National Monument in light of President Trump’s April 26, 2017, Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, I urge you to recommend to President Trump that Bears Ears National Monument be upheld and the boundaries remain intact as designated in Proclamation 9558 of December 28, 2016 (Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument).

Bears Ears National Monument represents a historic compromise; it protects not only historic sites from LDS pioneer history, but the ancestral homelands of Native Americans including thousands of archaeological  sites from ancient road systems to cliff dwellings to burial grounds, and preserves the stunning geography, geology, and paleontology of southeastern Utah for all Americans to enjoy, in perpetuity. Please honor the values and resources that the Bears Ears National Monument protects by leaving the monument as it is.

I urge you to honor the Native American tribes who have worked for years to protect Bears Ears National Monument by meeting with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and with the five sovereign nations the coalition represents to learn about their deep connection to and long work to protect Bears Ears.

Bears Ears National Monument contains among the highest density of cultural sites in the Unites States (higher, even, than Mesa Verde National Park), and objective review will find that the monument is “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” As secretary of the interior, you are in a unique position to stand up for the protection of Bears Ears National Monument, and for the history—from Native American civilizations to LDS pioneers—archaeology, paleontology, geology, and unmatched scenic beauty it contains. I urge you to recommend that we protect and preserve Bears Ears, and leave it as it is.

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