Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears NM proposal map

For Native Americans, it’s a sacred place of healing. Twin buttes on Elk Ridge that form a landmark called the Bears Ears (Orejas del Oso on old maps).

The Bears Ears national monument designation for 1.9 million acres would include the existing Natural Bridges National Monument, Dark Canyon Wilderness, part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest and part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Lands surrounding these areas and adjacent to Canyonlands National Park are long overdue for national recognition and protection.

Conservationists have been very patient. Wilderness proposals have been made and talked about for more than 30 years with no action taken by Congress. Now we have an opportunity to do something significant. President Obama ought to proclaim the Bears Ears National Monument before he leaves office at the end of next year.

Petition: Ask President Obama to Protect Bears Ears Now

More info:
Bears Ears Coalition
Tribal coalition in Washington, D.C., pushing for Bears Ears National Monument
Explore the Proposed Bears Ears National Monument!

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on November 19, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    I signed the E-mail, (Yeah, good for me! 🙁 ) and included this message: “Please save any and all lands for the wonderment of all future generations.”

    I’m in a bad mood about the future, but if anybody gets through the calamity that climate change ensures, the survivors should be able to look over the geography and perhaps even smell it as it existed for a lot more then a thousand millennia before me.

    Living in Utah, I was lucky enough to do that a few times. I think we should set aside as many sacred lands as possible to protect them from greed. Silly me.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on November 19, 2015 - 8:46 pm

    “See The USA in your Chevrolet” is an old ad we used to see all the time. I saw a lot of Utah in my Chevy Nova. Things have drastically changed and it’s OK. People will always enjoy their lives to the max in the ways they can. No experience is better or worse.

    I still think we should preserve the lay of the land as it has always been for the “shock and awe” value.

    You can’t stop me from rambling, dammit!

  3. #3 by David Conklin on December 13, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    Where’s the link to the list for “”?

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on January 11, 2016 - 2:07 pm

    The Conservation in the West Poll, issued annually by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, found that 66% of Utahns support national monument designation for nearly two million acres of existing public lands surrounding the Bears Ears.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on January 11, 2016 - 2:49 pm

    The parks have never been busier. Nobody wants to hand them over to ranchers or oil companies. We want more of them, just to look at. Crazy us.

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