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 countby making them personal to your knowledge, experience, and connection to this landscape.

“The entire Grand Staircase-Escalante landscape — stretching from Skutumpah Terrace and the escarpments of the Grand Staircase in the west, Nipple Bench, Smoky Mountain, the Burning Hills, Grand Bench, the East and West Clark Benches, and Buckskin Mountain in the south, the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail that runs through the Escalante Desert, Upper Escalante Canyons, and Circle Cliffs in the northeast, and Alvey Wash and the Blues in the north — is an object of historic and scientific interest requiring protection under the Antiquities Act.” 

Proclamation 10286, October 8, 2021

The 2021 Proclamation set the stage for us to create a management plan worthy of this Monument. It is up to all of us to make it happen.

 To read a summary of commenting ideas, review the list of objects of historic and scientific interest from the 2021 Proclamation, or learn how to participate in the planning process visit here.


Sarah Bauman

Executive Director






































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