n June 12th, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced his intentions to recommend removing National Monument protections for large portions of the Bears Ears cultural landscape. Friends of Cedar Mesa opposes any move to leave this landscape unprotected in blind hope Congress might someday do its job. (See our statement on the Secretary’s interim report.)
While details were not released regarding which specific parts of Bears Ears National Monument would be left unprotected (and consequentially opened to industrialization), the intent to dramatically shrink the Monument was crystal clear.
The public comment period to let our government know you support the Bears Ears National Monument being permanently protected in its entirety has been extended until July 10th. If you haven’t already commented please do. Also make sure all your friends and family who care about the area make a comment. If you already commented, please also make a comment specifically about the Secretary Zinke’s interim report.
To show your support for Bears Ears and other monuments that are currently under review, please comment directly on regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search”. The page says that the Bears Ears comment period is closed, but IT IS NOT. Please leave your comment there, either for the first time or specifically about the Interim Report!