Salt Lake City, UT– Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will close the public input period for the land use planning, for 15% of Bears Ears National Monument. The process would provide monument protection to the Indian Creek and Shash Jáa Units while excluding 85% of the original monument, leaving those areas vulnerable to drilling and mining and without adequate protection for the dense cultural and sacred resources. The comment period lasted a mere 45-days. Sierra Club helped generate over 8,400 public comments that opposed the BLM moving forward with the planning process.
Ashley Soltysiak, Utah Chapter Director made the following statement:
“BLM is following through with Trump’s reckless plan to slash Bears Ears National Monument to benefit extractive industries, despite pending litigation challenging the legality of the President’s proclamation to shrink Bears Ears by 85%.
“Any management plans for Bears Ears must consider all of the natural, sacred, and cultural resources — the reasons the landscape was designated.
“Sierra Club Utah will continue to stand with our allies and local communities in pushing for the full protection of Bears Ears National Monument.”