Statement | Washington, DC | February 6, 2020

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Objects to Bears Ears National Monument Management Plan as Fundamentally Flawed and Inadequate

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final management plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the two small units of Bears Ears National Monument created in 2017 when President Trump revoked and reduced the land area of the national monument designated by President Obama.

The following is a statement by Paul Edmondson, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“We believe this management plan fails to provide adequate protection for the irreplaceable prehistoric sites and cultural landscapes that led to President Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears National Monument. This management plan was developed on a rushed timetable that did not adequately consider the views of Native American tribes or the public. There is simply no rationale for rushing to complete this plan when litigation challenging the legality of the monument revocation is still pending.”

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