• President Obama Names Bears Ears a National Monument

    December 28, 2016

    In response to passionate pleas from Native American tribes, conservation and preservation groups, elected officials, and advocates like you, President Obama has just designated 1.35 million acres of southeast Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. This designation, enabled by the Antiquities Act, provides permanent protection to one of the most significant cultural landscapes in the country.

    Please join us in thanking President Obama for preserving this priceless landscape!

    Bears Ears, a National Treasure, is home to more than 100,000 cultural and archeological sites associated with Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi, and Ute tribes, yet is suffering from looting, mismanaged recreational use, and development threats.

    This designation gives greater priority to the protection of historic and natural resources within the national monument, ensuring this extraordinary piece of our shared heritage can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

  • Cultural Resource Groups Ask President Obama to Create Bears Ears National Monument This Year

    December 1, 2016

    Bears Ears, Utah

    photo by: Lusha Evans

    Yesterday, the National Trust sent a letter to President Obama on behalf of 18 national, regional, and local organizations dedicated to preserving cultural and archaeological resources, encouraging him to proclaim a Bears Ears National Monument by the end of 2016.

    These anthropologists, archaeologists, tribal historic preservation officers, cultural resource professionals, preservationists, and general enthusiasts for heritage protection are part of a growing chorus of support for protection of this world-class landscape and its archaeological treasures, and we are proud to work with them in this National Treasure campaign.

    You can view the letter and the full list of signers here and show your support for this effort by sending a message to President Obama today!

  • County Shares Its Plan for Development and Conservation

    September 30, 2015

    This summer, San Juan County submitted its proposed maps to Congressman Bishop and Chaffetz showing areas to be protected and areas to be developed as an energy zone. The congressmen have reported that they are still working on developing a Public Lands Bill for eastern Utah that could be ready very soon. We continue to seek out opportunities to weigh in as the Public Lands Initiative bill language is developed with the hope that the bill will promote more preservation of important cultural sites.

  • New Tourism Assessment Issued For Ancestral Places

    June 2, 2015

    We are pleased to share an “Assessment of Heritage Tourism Potential for San Juan County, Utah” which analyzes the oppportunities and issues related to heritage tourism in the area and makes recommendations for how to capitalize on the many heritage tourism assets offered in the county from numerous Ancestral Puebloan sites found on BLM lands, to the Mormon Hole-in-the-Rock Trail, to Hovenweep National Monument.


  • Tribal Support Grows for Protection of Lands in Southeast Utah

    April 20, 2015

    Representatives from the Hopi, Hualapai and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes, and the Pueblos of Zuni and Cochiti joined members of the Navajo Nation and preservation and conservation groups, including the National Trust, for a weekend of discussion about the need to protect the area now dubbed "Bears Ears." Bears Ears, named for a geographic landmark that - you guessed it - looks like bears ears, encompasses much of the area in San Juan County, Utah originally proposed for protection by the National Trust and we welcome this tribal coalition effort. Participants joined in conversations about this important place, took over-flights to get a broad perspective on the landscape, and hiked into the back country to see first hand the many cultural sites worthy of permanent protection. Social activities provided the chance to get to know one another better and dialogue included how to engage other tribes and tribal governments in the effort to speak with one voice on the need to protect Bears Ears. The groups identified the need to keep meeting and to expand the Bears Ears coalition further in coming months.


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