Top Memorable Moments of 2016
Jan11

Top Memorable Moments of 2016

1 Cedar Mesa protected in Bears Ears National Monument History Made … Sigh of Relief! What a campaign it has been. After years of collaborative work between Native American Tribes, archaeologists, conservation organizations and enthusiastic supporters, the Bears Ears cultural landscape was finally protected. The 1.35 million-acre National Monument was created just a few days before the end of 2016 on December 28.   2 Reward...

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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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Site Steward Report shows path for BLM Statewide Initiative
Dec06

Site Steward Report shows path for BLM Statewide Initiative

Many of us were saddened to hear of the incident of recent vandalism by college students at a popular site on Comb Ridge. This unfortunate incident, which was reported by a member of the public, certainly highlights the value of having eyes on the ground to help monitor cultural resources. Earlier this year, Friends of Cedar Mesa entered into a partnership with BLM Utah to develop and expand the Utah Statewide Site Steward Program...

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Comb Ridge Sale Update & Action Alert
Aug22

Comb Ridge Sale Update & Action Alert

Friends of Cedar Mesa has been working to find a collaborative, win-win solution that would permanently preserve public access to a key square mile of the Comb Ridge near Bluff. This parcel of state trust land has been nominated by the Hole-in-the-Rock Foundation (HIRF) for inclusion in a Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) auction scheduled for October. FCM approached both SITLA and HIRF with an offer to help...

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Anti-Looting Reward & Cultural Resources Defense Campaign
May12

Anti-Looting Reward & Cultural Resources Defense Campaign

Today, we’re announcing an aggressive new effort to stop looting, vandalism and cultural resource damage. And we need your help! In partnership with land management agencies, FCM has created a first-of-its-kind Anti-Looting Reward Fund. Friends of Cedar Mesa will pay up to $2,500 for information leading the successful prosecution of looters, vandals, grave robbers, and other perpetrators of serious cultural resource damage. Read...

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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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