Five reasons that an ‘Escalante Canyons National Park’ would be a monumental mistake

A bill was recently reintroduced to establish Utah’s sixth national park known as the Escalante Canyons National Park. The name suggests a possible increase in protections for a place full of unique biodiversity and sacred indigenous places, as well as world-class research opportunities for paleontology, archaeology, and climate change. But instead, this proposal strips away protections…

Remembering Charley Bulletts

Cultural Resources Director for the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians A note from Sarah Bauman, our Executive Director Dear Friends, It pains me to write these words because in writing them there is a sense of finality that I have been struggling to accept: a loss that still feels like too much to bear. And I…

Our Statement on Racial Injustice and Recent Events

Dear Friends of Grand Staircase, We, the staff of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, write this message with heavy hearts. Our hearts are heavy because of the horrific murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Our hearts are also heavy because of the violence that ensued during protests that were intended to…

Legal Action Update – April 2020

Sign up now to get the latest updates in your Inbox Our lawsuit challenging President Trump’s executive order dismembering Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has been slowly working its way through Washington D.C. federal district court since it was filed on December 4, 2017.  We are happy to report that we can finally see the light…

Legal Action Update

Sign up to get the latest Court News in your inbox Sign Up Now January 9 Filing: On January 9, Plaintiffs’ counsel filed a partial motion for summary judgment in Grand Staircase Escalante Partners v. Trump arguing that the President lacks constitutional or statutory authority to revoke or reduce a national monument. The filing is…

Grand Staircase Management Plan

On Friday August 23rd, the BLM released their final management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This plan reserves no protections for the almost 800,000 acres excluded from the monument in 2017. It opens these area’s to mining, drilling, OHV use and cattle grazing. “The BLM’s management plan attempts to cement the largest roll-back in…

Media Advisory – Grand Staircase Partners House Oversight Committee Hearings, March 13

MEDIA ADVISORY March 8, 2019 Contact: (435) 201-0693 Nicole Croft, Executive Director Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners WHAT: On Wednesday, March 13, at 10 a.m. ET, the House Natural Resources Committee (HNRC), under the majority leadership of Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-NM, will conduct a full committee oversight hearing on national monuments titled, “Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and…

Thousands of Comments on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

ONE YEAR AFTER TRUMP SHRANK TWO UTAH MONUMENTS, MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COMMENTS WEIGH IN ON FUTURE PLANS by Rebecca Worby Dec 4, 2018 On Tuesday, exactly one year after President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante national monuments in Utah, advocacy groups announced that more than 500,000 comments were submitted regarding the…

Trump Administration Takes Next Step in Sham Process to Shrink and Destroy Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Ignoring Public Opposition and Legal Challenges, Department of Interior Releases Draft Management Plans Escalante, UTAH – Today, an assortment of local and national groups, and globally-respected scientist organizations, denounced the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) release of draft management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments as another step toward shrinking and destroying…

Colt Mesa Mining Acquisition-Press Release

Local Groups Evaluating Options Against Mining in Sensitive Area within Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Escalante, Utah (June 20, 2018) – The threat of mineral mining within Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument has dramatically increased and the Conservation Lands Foundation, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners and Society for Vertebrate Paleontology have announced they’re evaluating any and…