Defending Bears Ears

Apr 25, 2019
The 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument was proclaimed by President Obama on Dec. 28, 2016 after years of extensive inventory, input and collaboration led by the Native American tribes who value the landscape as sacred.
The Trump administration shrunk Bears Ears National Monument to 220,000 acres from 1.35 million against the wishes of the tribes and millions of citizens who commented on the monument review.
The legality of of this move is currently the subject of ongoing legal challenges. The BLM hastily drafted new management plans that leave many cultural resources at risk and could weaken requirements for meaningful involvement with the tribes. EcoFlight and our partners are committed to fighting efforts to permanently reduce or rescind the monument protections and we applaud the recent decision by San Juan County to withdraw previous support for the president's move.