Conservancy Acquisition Could Set New Standard for Private Lands Conservation in Utah BLUFF, Utah— After a 16-month effort, the most important parcel of private land surrounded by Bears Ears National Monument has been permanently protected by The Wildlands Conservancy. The conservancy owns and manages the largest nonprofit nature preserve system on the West Coast. The 320-acre Cottonwood Wa
The unprecedented agreement gives five tribes more input in the management of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah By Maxine Joselow Updated June 20, 2022 at 12:44 p.m. EDT|Published June 20, 2022 at 11:41 a.m. EDT The Biden administration has reached a historic agreement to give five Native American tribes more say over the day-to-day management of a national monument in Utah, marki
The decision restored full protections to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah and reinstated fishing restrictions in a marine monument off New England By Joshua Partlow October 8, 2021 at 3:43 p.m. EDT President Biden on Friday restored full protections to three national monuments that had been slashed in size by former president Donald Trump, including Bears Ears and Grand Sta
Patagonia. Public lands are Native lands, and when Tribes came together to protect Bears Ears as a national monument, they were seeking holistic preservation of the region and the sacred cultural knowledge tied to it. "This cultural information is important for all Native people. This is why tribes have set aside any differences and come together: If this information is lost, it’s lost fore
Salt Lake Tribune. Op-Ed by Talia Boyd (Diné): "Indigenous homelands are often considered sacrifice zones, and we, the indigenous peoples, are not seen or heard. Our tribal communities continue to live with the permanent radioactive wastes left behind by uranium companies without our consent."
Estonia doesn’t want and can’t safely store radioactive powder, so 2,000 drums of it may be coming to southeastern Utah
Salt Lake Tribune. More than 660 tons of radioactive powder may be on its way to the uranium mill in southeast Utah, right next the the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Bears Ears Cultural landscape.
Outside Magazine. Tribes as well as environmental groups condemn the land management plans released by the administration for the illegally reduced Bears Ears monument "units."
These southern Utah sites were once off-limits to development. Now, Trump will auction the right to drill and graze there.
Washington Post. "The Interior Department finalized plans Thursday that will expand drilling, mining and grazing in areas of southern Utah that had once been protected" by the original Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalate national monuments.
Reuters. Investors representing $112 billion in assets urge extraction companies to "not take advantage of Trump administration rollback of environmental regulations" and public land protections.
Sutherland Institute’s campaign against Bears Ears was relentless, effective and mostly funded by a tight circle of activists
Salt Lake Tribune. A conservative institute with funding from the Koch brothers was a primary force behind the reduction of the Bears Ears monument and dilution of tribal rights.