Size reduction of Bears Ears and grand escalante national monuments
Turmoil over the public land in Utah has struck the nerves of the outdoor enthusiasts and Utahans in recent months. On December 28th, 2016 President Obama designated Bears Ears a National Monument. Protecting the land from extraction and mining. On February 3rd, 2017, Governor Herbert and Utah Legislators asked president Trump for the abolishment of Bears Ears National Monument. President Trump traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah today (12/04/2017) and announced reduction and fracturing of Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80 percent, from 1.35 million acres to around 220,000 acres, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by roughly 45 percent, from nearly 1.9 million acres to just over 1 million acres. In total, more than two million acres of public lands will lose protection, the largest attack on public lands in American history.
Why it matters:
The Bears Ears NM consists of very oil and coal rich land. A large amount of the United States oil is produced within Utah’s state lines. The state of Utah has 24,195 oil drilling sites. 8,004 abandoned and plugged sites, and 13,875 active drilling sites. Other numbers are either not completed or incapable of extracting oil. Most of Utah’s state revenue is created from oil extraction and mining. The land in Bears Ears is being offered to oil companies by the State of Utah and the Bureau Of Land Management. With billions and billions of profit available within the soil below Bears Ears, it is understandable sought after. Before the designation, Bears Ears consisted of 1.9 Million acres of public land. Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, this land is paid for and owned by every tax paying individuals in the country. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Land Management leases parcels of public land to oil and natural gas companies for extraction. Leaving our land, up for profit. Most of the land being drilled is for the most part unusable for anything else but extraction. Unfortunately, the proposed drilling sites in the Bears Ears region directly impact recreation and historical areas. Bears Ears is home to the iconic Indian Creek for climbing, 100,000 archaeological sites, and Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings dated to more than 3,500 years ago. This land is scared, useful, and Inspiring.
How to fight:
Write your elected officials and let them know why your opposed to the decimation of the monuments. The Outdoor Industry Alliance created an easy to use template
Use social media to gain traction on the decimation of the monuments. We've created some templates and photos that you can use here.
Call elected representatives.