Secretary Jewell in Bluff July 16

Your biggest opportunity to shape the future of Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears

Public Meeting with Secretary Jewell: July 16 – 11 AM – Bluff Community Center

We’re calling on all our Friends to attend this critically important Public Meeting on July 16th in Bluff, UT. Secretary Sally Jewell from the Department of Interior is coming to San Juan County listen to perspectives on protecting Bears Ears.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference for Bears Ears, and all you have to do is show up!

 

Johns-g-row-horsecollar-with-clouds2-LOWREZAs someone who cares deeply about Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears, you can join FCM and the Tribes in showing your enthusiastic support for a Bears Ears National Monument or National Conservation Area. Wherever you are, can you make it by plane, car, bicycle or foot to the public meeting? We’re serious: we need you at this public meeting so we can conclusively demonstrate the strong regional support for protecting this remarkable cultural landscape!

Let’s make Secretary Jewell’s visit to San Juan County a memorable one and show her firsthand the local and regional passion for protecting Bears Ears. Be there with your personal message to Secretary Jewell about how and why places like Cedar Mesa, Comb Ridge, Beef Basin, Indian Creek and White Canyon should be managed for protection.

At the meeting, you’ll have the unique opportunity to talk face-to-face with Secretary Jewell and help shape the future of Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa.

What: Public meeting with Secretary Sally Jewell of the Department of Interior.

When: Saturday, July 16th. We’re asking folks to arrive at 11 AM for a 1 PM meeting.

Where: Bluff Community Center, 190 N. 3rd St, Bluff, UT. The Community Center is located at the intersection of 4th East and Mulberry Ave. Directions below.

Why: The status quo is untenable, especially with increasing visitation, continuing damage to archaeological sites, and potential for future mining and oil drilling

 

Key messages you can share with Sally Jewell at the meeting:

  • This rich cultural landscape should have been protected 100 years ago. This place is undeniably worthy of protection for its scenic beauty, internationally significant archaeology, rich recreation value, and critical importance to Native American tribes.
  • The “status quo” of protection isn’t working as looting, vandalism and heavy visitor impacts continue in the area.
  • If Bears Ears cannot be protected as a National Conservation Area by Congress before the election, President Obama should move forward with designating a Bears Ears National Monument.
  • Size is critical: The Public Lands Initiative legislation leaves important archaeological and recreation areas out of protection. Many of the White Canyon drainages contain significant archaeology and world-class canyoneering opportunities. Likewise, the southern flanks of the Abajo Mountains, like Allen and Chippean Canyon contain important cultural resources. Similarly, areas in the West, like Moqui and Red Canyon are very wild and beautiful areas.

Directions:

    • Coming from the north, take Highway 191 south from Blanding to Bluff. Once in town, turn right (north) on 4th Street, one block west of the Bluff Post Office. Drive 1.5 blocks north and turn left into the Community Center parking lot.
    • Coming from the east, take Highway 162 west from Montezuma Creek. When you arrive in Bluff, turn right (south) on Highway 191 and drive through town, turning right (north) on 4th Street, one block west of the Bluff Post Office. Drive 1.5 blocks north and turn left into the Community Center parking lot.
    • Coming from the south, take Highway 191 north from Mexican Water. Turn right onto 191 at the junction just north of the San Juan River bridge. Once in Bluff, turn left (north) on 4th Street, one block west of the Bluff Post Office. Drive 1.5 blocks north and turn left into the Community Center parking lot.
    • Coming from the west, take Highway 163 east from Mexican Hat or Monument Valley. Once in Bluff, turn left (north) on 4th Street, one block west of the Bluff Post Office. Drive 1.5 blocks north and turn left into the Community Center parking lot.

Author: Amanda Podmore

Amanda Podmore is the Assistant Director of Friends of Cedar Mesa.

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