From Bears Ears to Missouri Breaks: Our Fight to Keep America’s Monuments

A slideshow and discussion with Josh Ewing, Friends of Cedar Mesa and Tim Dwyer, Friends of Missouri Breaks

Thursday August 17, 7 pm at the Crawford Theatre at the Emerson Center in Bozeman, Montana

Our nation’s national monuments are at risk of losing the protections that keep these treasured public lands as they’ve been for thousands of years. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reviewing dozens of national monuments– including Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument and Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks- with an eye towards either shrinking or eliminating them altogether. This radical action could jeopardize these public lands which are prized by Montanans and all Americans for their cultural heritage, natural beauty and world class outdoor recreation.

Join us for a highly visual presentation about Bears Ears National Monument and what’s at stake for the American people as this national monument review comes to a close.

For more details and event poster, click here.


 Visit with Respect Ambassador Training – Bluff, UT

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Find out more about becoming a VWR Ambassador here.

Time’s Arrow in Southeastern Utah: An Overview of Recent Site Stabilization Projects and Why Preservation Matters – Edge of the Cedars State Park & Museum, Blanding, UT

October 14, 2017 at 2 pm

Friends of Cedar Mesa and the Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum are teaming up for a guest lecture by archaeologist and co-owner of Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants, Jason Chuipka. The spectacular prehistoric ruins on Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge in southeastern Utah are popular hiking destinations that receive thousands of visitors each year. These fragile archaeological remains are threatened by both natural and human agents that can erode, damage, and rearrange archaeological deposits. Conservation measures need to address this deterioration while not impacting the scientific, aesthetic, or cultural values of prehistoric sites. This presentation will explore how and why preservation is conducted, and illustrate this work from recent projects on BLM lands in San Juan County, Utah.

Jason Chuipka is a professional archaeologist with 22 years of fieldwork experience on tribal, federal, state, and private lands in the Four Corners region of the northern Southwest. He has worked on sites that range from Paleoindian to Historic in age and has presented information on this work in print and at a variety of conferences. Jason is the co-owner of Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants, Inc. in Cortez, Colorado.

This event is part of the 2017 Four Corners Lecture Series.

Celebrate Cedar Mesa- Bluff, UT

March 2-4, 2018

Mark your calendars for next year’s annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa event!