NPCA, along with our more than 1.6 million members and supporters and park advocates across the country spoke out and fought tirelessly to protect all that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments and the surrounding national parks hold. Our voices were heard.

NPCA commends President Biden and his administration for taking action to review and restore protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Any attempt to remove protections for even one of our national monuments is illegal, and we can never let this happen again.

In December 2017, President Trump signed two proclamations attempting to remove federal protections from roughly 2 million acres of land in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. This act, which NPCA maintains is illegal, was the largest reduction of public lands protections in U.S. history. This action opened up the lands inside the reduced monument boundaries to off-road vehicle use, habitat destruction and other potentially harmful development. Hundreds of sacred and cultural sites were made vulnerable and extraordinary troves of scientific and paleontological resources were put at unnecessary risk.

The boundary reductions also left the national park sites that surround the monuments - Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands National Parks, Capitol Reef National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Natural Bridges National Monument - vulnerable to mining and oil and gas development, incompatible rights of way, increased off-highway vehicle access and other uses that failed to protect the natural and cultural resources for which these places were designated.

That’s why NPCA celebrates restoration of the original 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as designated by President Clinton and expanded by Congress and protection of the original 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument designated by President Obama in 2016. These protections stretch far beyond the monuments’ boundaries, protecting the entire national park landscape, as well as their air and water quality, dark night skies, expansive viewsheds, and the multimillion-dollar economy they support.

NPCA stand with Tribes to support a meaningful Tribal co-management component to a new Bears Ears Monument Management Plan with a priority to incorporate important traditional knowledge with Tribal engagement.

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 Took 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 Spoke 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 Contacted 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.

  • More than 16,000 Comments Submitted to BLM

    Nov 2018

    Park advocates nationwide continued to speak up for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante by telling the BLM to abandon their plans, re-establish protections for the original monuments, and safeguard neighboring national parks.

  • More than 7,700 Signed Petition for a Strong Interior Secretary

    Feb 2019

    Advocates nationwide added their name to a petition calling on President Trump to nominate a strong Interior Secretary candidate to replace Ryan Zinke.

  • More than 13,000 Protested BLM's Bears Ears Plan!

    Aug 2019

    Public lands advocates nationwide submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management protesting the agency's flawed plan for Bears Ears National Monument.

  • More than 11,000 Protests Filed with the BLM!

    Sep 2019

    Park advocates submitted more than 11,000 comments to the BLM protesting the agency's final plans for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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