If you want to save Bears Ears National Monument and 26 other Monuments from Trump’s vandalism, you need to make a public comment starting tomorrow at the Department of the Interior website.
To submit a comment, go to the government’s Regulations page and type “DOI-2017-0002” into the search bar. Or, mail comments to:
MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240.
Utah politicians (all Republicans) have been trying to get federal land back from the US Government for years to privatize it in favor of oil, gas and mining companies, but it seems that when former President Obama named Bears Ears a National Monument in 2016 it really set them off. Some have even called it a Federal “land grab,” a good trick since it was already Federal land. Here’s some of the back story about the land. It’s packed with archaeological sites and scenic wonders.
In February, Utah Governor Gary Herbert sent a resolution to the President to rescind national monument status from Bears Ears. That sparked a massive backlash from the outdoors industry and led to Outdoor Retailer, one of the industry’s preeminent trade shows, announcing its departure from Utah after 20 years there. It also offended the hell out of the local American Indian tribes who had lobbied the President very hard to have the land so designated.
If you would like lands preserved for all Americans, go say so by leaving a comment at the US Government’s Regulations site. Search for the DOI-2017-0002 number as cited above.