Comment to save Grand Staircase-Escalante today!
The Department of Interior is currently accepting public comments on the national monuments under review as a result of President Trump’s executive order. For information about how to comment click here.
Update: On June 12, 2017 DOI Secretary Zinke recommended that Bears Ears National Monument should be downsized. Our Statement:
Secretary Zinke’s decision today to recommend to reduce the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument is a disappointment and a threat to all monuments under review, including the Grand Staircase-Escalante.
After a “listening” tour that intentionally excluded stakeholders and a public comment period where the people of Utah joined with the American public to overwhelmingly implore the Secretary to make no recommendations altering our beloved national monuments, today’s news comes with little surprise. “Disregarding the very process this administration constructed, this report from Secretary Zinke is blatant attack on a monument that has been decades in the making. Bears Ears already represents a compromise between Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative and the requests of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition,” said Nicole Croft, Executive Director of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners. “ This recommendation should be viewed for what it is: another land grab in a shameful history of violating the sovereignty of Native American people.”
The vast majority of legal scholars agree that while the Antiquities Act grants the President the power to designate a monument, only Congress can modify the boundaries, and any attempt to shrink the national treasure that is Bears Ears National Monument through executive action would certainly be vigorously challenged within the courts.
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Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is the official friends group to the Monument.
Mission Statement: Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is committed to preserving and protecting the vast landscape of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.