A Special Note on Bears Ears

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The comment period on bears ears has closed,
but that doesn't mean it's too late.

Politicians were so eager to get their hands on Bears Ears that they decided to have a truncated comment period: just 45 days until of the full 120. Not only that, when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came to the area to assess the situation he spent only one hour (1) with the Tribal Counsel. The rest of his time was spent with the opposition. Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, that is completely ridiculous. It hasn't stopped him from recommending that President Trump shrink Bears Ears. This will spark lawsuits for years to come, costing taxpayers even more money.

For more background on Bears Ears, here's what our friends as MonumentsForAll.org give for context:


Bears Ears is a sacred landscape with more than 100,000 Native American cultural sites. The proposal to establish it was developed by a coalition of five sovereign Tribal Governments (Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute, and Zuni). The monument proclamation gave Tribes a strong voice in how the monument will be managed through the establishment of a Tribal Bears Ears Commission.

Visitors travel from all over the world to experience Bears Ears’ spectacular scenery and renowned outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, paddling, and more.

This designation received an enormous amount of scrutiny, including years of debate and discussion. Dozens of community meetings and public discussions were held throughout 2016, including a well-attended public meeting with then-Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The final monument designation boundaries are very close to what was proposed in the Utah delegation’s Public Lands Initiative (PLI), and much smaller than the Tribally-led proposal. Maintaining the current status and boundaries respects local voices and an important part of our cultural and natural heritage.

WHAT YOU CAN STILL DO

Call or send messages to Utah's representatives to let them know that this will not stand:

Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE

2236 Rayburn House
Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7751
Hours: M-F 9AM-6PM EST

PROVO, UT OFFICE

51 S University Ave. 
Suite 318
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: (801) 851-2500

Rob Bishop, R-Utah

Washington office:
123 Cannon Building
Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-0453
fax: 202-225-5857

Ogden office (main Utah office):
1017 Federal Building
324 25th St
Ogden, UT 84401
ph: 801-625-0107
fax: 801-625-0124

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah

Utah 4th District Office
9067 South 1300 West Suite101
West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone: 801-996-8729
Fax: 801-987-8631

Washington, DC Office
217 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3011
Fax: (202) 225-5638

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah

Washington, DC Office

323 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-9730

 

Salt Lake City District Office

420 East South Temple #390

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: 801-364-5550
Fax: 801-364-5551