Proposed management plans at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante disregard the will of the public and could irreversibly harm these nationally significant lands.

In December 2017, President Donald Trump signed two proclamations attempting to remove federal protections from roughly 2 million acres of land in Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This act, which NPCA maintains is illegal, represents the largest reduction of public lands protections in U.S. history.

In August 2018, the Trump administration released proposed management plans that would prioritize harmful activities such as mining and off-road vehicle use in the contested areas that had previously received full federal protections.

These management plans are an affront to the public, who spoke out overwhelmingly in favor of keeping full protections in place at these national monuments — and all our national monuments.

Native American tribes fought for years to establish these protections at Bears Ears, where the extraordinary landscape with hundreds of sacred and cultural sites is now vulnerable. Also at risk is the extraordinary trove of scientific and paleontological resources in Grand Staircase-Escalante, where researchers have discovered new dinosaur species and other significant fossils. Both of these sites help to protect the larger landscapes, dark night skies and wildlife migration routes they share with the national park sites that surround them, including Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Natural Bridges National Monument.

NPCA is opposed to proposals that would remove protections from national monuments, and continues to stand with the tribal communities, local business leaders and millions of Americans to keep full protections in place at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, and all our national monuments.

Effort-to-date

  • More Than 1,000 Sent Letters to Congress

    Jul 2015

    NPCA supporters urged Congress to oppose amendments to the House Interior Appropriations bill that would dismantle the Antiquities Act.

  • More than 18,000 Take Action

    Nov 2015

    Park advocates urged Congress to oppose anti-environmental policy provisions and to preserve the laws that allow parks and their environment to thrive in their second century.

  • 1,700 Speak Up to Protect the Antiquities Act

    Apr 2017

    Park advocates sent messages to Congress urging them to oppose any bills or amendments that intend to undermine the Antiquities Act, or prevent the preservation of areas designated under the Antiquities Act.

  • More Than 21,000 Sent Letters to DOI

    Jul 2017

    Thousands of park advocates sent letters to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to guarantee full protection for national monuments and all our public lands.

  • Nearly 14,000 Contact Congress on National Monuments

    Dec 2017

    Advocates sent letters to their members of Congress and urged them to put a stop to the Trump administration's attack on our national monuments and public lands.

  • Advocates Nationwide Took a Stand for National Monuments!

    Mar 2018

    More than 30,000 public lands advocates urged Congress to stand up to the Trump administration's order to slash protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

  • Nearly 11,000 Submitted Comments to BLM

    Apr 2018

    Public lands advocates once again spoke up and told the Trump administration to maintain protections for the cultural, natural and sacred sites within the original boundaries of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

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