The Bears Ears National Monument was just dedicated in December 2016, but could be threatened under the new administration. In Preservation magazine's Spring 2017 issue, managing editor Meghan Drueding explains the current situation. Read the full article here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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