The Grand Staircase Sentinel | Winter 2021 Newsletter

LETTER FROM SARAH BAUMAN | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR In the next 60 days, President Biden’s staff will review Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments to determine if and when they will be restored to their original boundaries. We are confident that the result will be fully restored Monuments that honor the Indigenous people who call…

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Photo by Adrian Carrio

Day 1: What we know so far

GSENM boundaries scheduled for Interior review within 60 days. Here is everything we know about the Executive Order for Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments.

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Much to do about nature

Today Biden’s team released a statement naming Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and calling for a review of the boundaries for the Monument, along with many other vital national monuments around the country.


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…


Photo Point Monitoring Training

Empower yourself and help public land management as you record visual data about landscapes. Repeat Photo Point Monitoring is an inexpensive way to monitor change and impacts to an area through time. And you likely have everything you need with a camera, notebook, compass, and GPS. Now watch this video lead by April Johnson, and…

Qualitative changes in landscape captured by Repeat Photo Point Monitoring

Conservation Programs Update – Summer 2020

Summer is a busy time for our Conservation Programs (formerly Restoration Programs) and we’ve been hard at work with the Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP), tackling woody invasive control on both public and private land. Additionally, we’re currently in the midst of monitoring the condition of our previous treatments across the watershed, with help from…


Our New Science and Monitoring Plan

We are excited to announce an exciting new project that is now officially underway: the creation of the new Grand Staircase Escalante Partners Science and Monitoring Plan for the Monument. This project is a critical component of our efforts to honor the past and safeguard the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by advocating for science,…

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