Bears Ears: These lands are ours. They don’t need more mines.
Bears Ears National Monument isn’t just a place — it’s an integral part of the American story.
These special lands in Utah are home to delicate red rock formations and sweeping vistas. Bears Ears contains thousands of archaeological sites, detailing centuries of human history. You can find 200-million-year-old dinosaur fossils here. And black bears, mountain lions and other sensitive wildlife still make their home in these largely undisturbed lands.1
How You Can Help Save Bears Ears
Your messages really do make a difference. Bears Ears — and its wildlife — must be protected. Please sign our petition to the Trump Administration opposing destructive mining, drilling, logging and other harmful exploitation of these irreplaceable public lands.
Last month, US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called off a planned lease sale of public lands near New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon and other planned sales near world-famous Yellowstone National Park.2,3
Now we need your help to shut down another ill-conceived scheme to sacrifice our public lands for short-term private profits. Your signature today will demonstrate public support for special places like Bears Ears — and, so far, this support has been the best defense against the loss of America’s natural treasures.
Unfortunately, we don’t have much time to make our voices heard.
Last year, the Administration shrank the overall size of the monument by 85 percent.4 Now the Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a lease sale for the right to drill, mine, and otherwise develop lands once protected within the boundaries of the now greatly diminished Bears Ears National Monument.
1. Carolyn Gramling, “Science and politics collide over Bears Ears and other national monuments,” Science, April 27, 2017.
2. Michael Coleman, “Zinke Cancels Chaco Canyon Lease Sale,” Albuquerque Journal, March 1, 2018.
3. Valerie Volcovici, “U.S. Interior chief holds off on federal oil lease sale after outcry,” Reuters, March 5, 2018.
4. Juliet Eilperin, “Trump to cut Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, Grand Staircase-Escalante by half, documents show,” The Washington Post, November 30, 2017.