On his first day in the White House, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis. So you have the most up-to-date information, we’re sharing the section about Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, what it means, and what you can do.
President Biden’s January 20th Executive Order for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Here’s what Section 3 states about the future review of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (abbreviated):
a.) The Secretary of the Interior, along with the Attorney General, the Secretaries of Agriculture and Commerce, the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Tribal governments, shall conduct a review of the monument boundaries to determine whether restoration of the boundaries would be appropriate.
b.) Within 60 days, the Secretary of the Interior shall submit a reportto the President summarizing the finding of this review, which shall include recommendations for such Presidential actions consistent with the law.
c.) The Attorney General may provide notice of this executive order to any court with jurisdiction over pending litigation related to the Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monuments, and may, in his discretion, request that the court stay the litigation or otherwise delay further litigation, or seek other appropriate relief.
Is this good news for the Monument?
We believe it is! This Executive Order is the first step to restoring the full protections for Grand Staircase and reversing the damage caused by President Trump’s illegal and unprecedented rollbacks. It is consistent with the commitment this administration’s campaign made to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bear Ears national monuments.
What can GSEP members do to help?
Reach out to your state and federal representatives to show support for these national monuments. This action is a vital step during this 60-day review period. Please express your gratitude for the Administration’s actions here: whitehouse.gov/contact. And to reach out and show your support to Utah representatives, click here to go to a site with all their contact information.
To continue to keep you up-to-date with news, we created a Monument Restoration Newsroom page on our website. Check back here for the latest updates. We’ll keep you informed throughout this exciting and important time for the Monument.