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

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Trump Administration Issues Flawed Plan for Bears Ears National Monument Lands Despite Active Litigation and Overwhelming Opposition

This management plan is an insult to the public, who overwhelmingly spoke out in favor of protecting Bears Ears — and all our national monuments.

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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.

Now, the Bureau of Land Management has released its final management plan for what’s left of Bears Ears. It jeopardizes everything the monument was originally created to protect, including extraordinary, sacred landscapes and troves of priceless cultural resources. It would open the lands inside the reduced monument boundaries to off-road vehicle use, habitat destruction and other potentially harmful development. And it does nothing to protect the lands that were illegally removed in 2017 — including sacred lands — which remain vulnerable to even more damaging activities, such as mining and oil and gas drilling.

This new plan is a slap in the face to tribal communities and others who fought for years to permanently protect Bears Ears — plus it’s an insult to members of the public who have repeatedly and overwhelmingly spoken out in favor of protecting this special place.

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7 Facts About the Trump Administration’s Illegal Attack on National Monuments

President Trump issued two proclamations to remove federal protections from roughly 2 million acres in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments — the largest reduction of public lands protections…

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The Trump administration released a similarly bad management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante in August 2019 that would prioritize harmful activities such as mining and off-road vehicle use in the contested areas that had previously received full federal protections.

Hundreds of sacred and cultural sites are now vulnerable at these two sites. 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 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.


  • 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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