Bears Ears, Grand Staircase, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Restored!
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Just received a message from Carly Ferro of Utah Chapter Director of Sierra Club, in italics, below:
This is a great feeling. Today, three national monuments — Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts — were finally restored. We’ve been waiting for this day since 2017 when Trump illegally stripped protections from these monuments as a gift to his buddies in the oil, gas, and mining’s industries.
The Bears Ears restoration is a huge victory for the Inter-Tribal coalition of the Navajo Nation and the Hopi, Ute Indian, Ute Mountain Ute and Pueblo of Zuni Tribes that spent years lobbying for the monument to be created — and then kept up the fight after Trump tried to dismantle it.
In the words of Chairman Shaun Capoose of the Ute Indian Tribe, “President Biden did the right thing restoring the Bears Ears National Monument. For us the Monument never went away. We will always return to these lands to manage and care for our sacred sites, waters and medicines…. We battled for this Monument because it matters.”
The board of Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners said, “This act of preservation safeguards the thousands of unique plant, animal, and insect species that rely on the ecosystems connected throughout the Colorado Plateau. It enables world-renowned research opportunities for paleontology and climate change. And it honors the sacred landscape home to Indigenous Peoples, including the Paiute, Hopi, Zuni, Dine/Navajo, Ute, Jemez Pueblo, Ute Mountain Ute, and Acoma nations.”
And of course, millions of people sent public comments, made phone calls, attended webinars, and showed up at protests in support of monument protections — even if they’d never visited these places in person. All of that work has finally paid off, and we hope you can take a moment to savor the victory.
Together, these three monuments cover over 5 million acres of canyon, forests, desert, and ocean. Protecting them is an important step towards our goal of conserving 30% of our lands and waters by 2030. Over the past 25 years, Grand Staircase-Escalante has also been proof that monument designations can help local economies flourish. These actions set a path forward for a better future for everyone.
Send a message thanking President Biden and Interior Secretary Haaland for keeping their promise to restore our national monuments.
President Biden on Friday became the first sitting U.S. president to issue a presidential proclamation marking Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Biden’s move comes as one of the most recent efforts to boost the federal holiday and celebrate the contributions of Native people, according to The Associated Press. Biden also restored the borders of three national monuments that were shrunk under the Trump administration – Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments, in the video published on Oct. 8, 2021, “JUST IN: Biden restores protections for three national monuments, reversing a Trump decision“, below:
President Biden restores protections for Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments, returning them to their status from before the Trump administration decreased their protection levels, in the video published on Oct. 8, 2021, “JUST IN: President Biden Reverses Trump Decision, Restores Protections For 3 National Monuments“, below:
President Joe Biden restores two sprawling national monuments – Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante – reversing decisions by President Donald Trump. Biden also replaces protections at a marine conservation area off the New England coast. (Oct. 8), in the video published on Oct. 8, 2021, “Biden restores protections for 3 national monuments“, below:
In the rugged and remote canyons of Southern Utah, scientists say they’ve barely scratched the surface of discoveries that can reach back millions of years, or shed light on the last 10,000 years of human history. But their work in Bears Ears National Monument is now caught up in the shifting politics of our time, and a dispute over land use and federal oversight. Jeffrey Brown reports, in the video published on May 10, 2018, “Why the fate of Bears Ears’ cultural treasures is uncertain“, below:
In the video published on Dec. 19, 2017, “Lower Dark Canyon, Bears Ears NM, Utah“, below:
In the video published on May 10, 2020, “What’s so Grand about the Grand Staircase? – Dr. Steve Austin“, below:
There as been recent talks among Politicians to shut down two of Utah National Monuments. Unfortunately they’re two I’ve visited the least. I wanted to go down and check them out before any bulldozers had a chance to change the wild, in the video published on June 11, 2017, “Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument“, below:
After departing Capitol Reef National Park via a colorful four-wheel drive route, I find myself in Grand Staircase-Escalante, exploring the backcountry along Hole-in-the-Rock Road. There, I experience dark caves, shadowy slot canyons, dramatic rock formations, and miles of vehicle-supported adventure! In the video published on Nov. 2, 2018, “V4E17: Shadows of Escalante“, below:
A big fight is brewing in Utah over a national monument and natural resources, CBC’s Kim Brunhuber reports, in the video published on April 29, 2017, “The battle for Bears Ears“, below:
Josh Ewing began visiting the Bears Ears region of southeastern Utah to climb at Indian Creek and explore the local archaeology. But when he moved to the town of Bluff, he saw degradation from oil drilling, looting, and careless visitors. Ewing knew simply loving a place was no longer enough, in the video published on April 27, 2015, “Defined by the Line“, below:
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