Celebrate Cedar Mesa: March 3-5, 2017
Jan18

Celebrate Cedar Mesa: March 3-5, 2017

Bears Ears: What lies ahead? Celebrate Cedar Mesa is our annual gathering for people who care about the greater Cedar Mesa area and all of the fantastic public lands in San Juan County. This year’s event will be a true celebration with the recent designation of the Bears Ears National Monument! Join us for a weekend of fun, including a keynote by author Craig Childs. This year’s weekend is presented by Osprey Packs.  ...

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Statement on Congress failing to protect Cedar Mesa and the Bears Ears
Dec09

Statement on Congress failing to protect Cedar Mesa and the Bears Ears

Friday, December 9, 2016 “Congress has concluded its work for the 2016 session without so much as a vote in the House of Representatives on the Utah Public Lands Initiative. We believe this represents a clear sign the bill lacked the bi-partisan support necessary to become law due to the many ‘poison pills’ it contained that would have decreased protections on the ground for internationally significant lands. “Congress has failed for...

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Bluff Rallies For Bears Ears, Against Oilfield
Oct28

Bluff Rallies For Bears Ears, Against Oilfield

Biggest Threat in Bluff’s History Friends of Cedar Mesa has learned that Bluff and the surrounding cultural landscape now face the largest threat in the area’s history. A new oil well is permitted to be drilled just two miles north of Bluff on Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) property. Two more oil wells are being planned on BLM land near Bluff. All three wells are proposed by EOG Resources,...

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FCM Saddened by Official PLI Bill
Jul20

FCM Saddened by Official PLI Bill

After working on the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) legislation for more than 3.5 years, we are saddened to report we cannot support the final product introduced in Congress July 15th. Even after many other conservation groups abandoned the PLI process, Friends of Cedar Mesa made every effort to work with our neighbors, elected officials and delegation staff. We attended every meeting (29 by our count) on the PLI in San Juan County,...

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Comb Ridge for Sale to Highest Bidder?
May26

Comb Ridge for Sale to Highest Bidder?

  Friends of Cedar Mesa has learned the State of Utah is considering privatizing a scenic and frequently-used section of land on the Comb Ridge. Owned by the Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), the parcel is located six miles West of Bluff (click here for flyover map). If SITLA proceeds with the sale, it would be sold in a competitive auction in October. This square mile of “public land” has been used for...

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