As our name “Partners” indicates, we seek to collaborate with organizations, agencies, Tribal partners, scientists, biologists, paleontologists, guides and outfitters, community members and others to determine the best strategies for achieving our mission to honor the past and safeguard the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science, conservation, and education.
Our mission grounds and guides us in this work. And our end goal, or our north star, is the protection of the objects of historic and scientific interest identified in the Monument proclamation.
I am writing to share with you some of the ideas that we hope to see included in the final scoping comments submitted on Sept. 27, 2022. These comments, still being finalized, are nearly 100 pages in length and they are being developed via an extensive collaborative effort that includes many of our conservation partners, all with a deep interest and expertise in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. During this public scoping period, we are working collaboratively and strategically with our partners, sharing resources, and pushing for a monument management plan truly capable of protecting the objects of historic, scientific, and cultural value and sustaining the health of the landscape into the future.
Note: Duplicate comments do not receive greater weight; therefore, cutting and pasting comments does not increase their significance for the Bureau of Land Management. We urge you to review the list of Objects of Historic and Scientific Interest identified in the 2021 Proclamation and use your own personal experience and expertise to draft and submit comments about the importance of protecting these objects, and possible management actions.
Perhaps you have specific knowledge of how animals are impacted by noise and ways to protect soundscapes? Maybe you are a guide and have a great idea for how recreation on the monument can actually serve to conserve and protect the Monument’s objects of value?
These are just examples of ways in which you can make your comments count—by making them personal to your knowledge, experience, and connection to this landscape.