Bright and early Friday morning—6 a.m. MST, to be exact—what was once the Bears Ears National Monument will be open to those who want to mine it. They can arrive at the now-unprotected land to, literally, stake some claims.
When former President Barack Obama designated 1.35 million acres in Utah as the Bears Ears National Monument in December 2016, there’s no way he could have guessed Congress would be debating a reworked version of the monument’s lands just a year later. But the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind Bears Ears in…
Native American tribes, outdoors associations, and everyone else who does not want to see America’s national monuments shrunk found an unlikely ally this week: folks who study dinosaurs.
The legal battle to protect the Bears Ears National Monument has begun.
Information trickled out about President Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument for weeks. On Monday, that trickle turned into a flash flood.
Before he departed office in 2016, President Obama designated 1.35 million acres of Utah’s ruddled landscape as Bears Ears National Monument, granting it federal protection against oil and gas drilling, among other threats. On Monday, Trump is poised to undo his predecessor’s handiwork, with reports revealing his…
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office has been slowly trickling out details on the future of the Bears Ears National Monument. Central and Eastern Utah Director Ron Dean, who works underneath Hatch, told a commission in a meeting Tuesday he expects the monument’s 1.35 million acres to shrink to 100,000 to 300,000 acres.
The Bears Ears National Monument tracks 1.35 million acres across Utah’s vast and rocky landscape. It’s a sacred place for nearby tribal communities like the Navajo Nation or Hopi Tribe. Many originated on this land.