Each year, the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places sheds light on important examples of our nation’s heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Over 300 places have been listed in its 32-year history, and in that time, fewer than 5 percent of listed sites have been lost.
On this year’s list is Ancestral Places of Southeast Utah. Archaeologists believe this area to be one of the country’s most culturally rich but unprotected landscapes open to oil and gas extraction.
In the last two years, the Bureau of Land Management dramatically escalated leasing activity in the region, despite concerns from the National Trust, affected tribes, and our regional partners.