Support informed, responsible land management of Bears Ears National Monument

A new standard for sustainable management of public lands

As the first national monument proposed by a commission of Tribal Nations, the designation of Bears Ears as a national monument is unprecedented—and the plan for managing its lands and resources must be too.

The recently released draft resource management plan (RMP) for the Monument signifies a pivotal shift in federal-Tribal relations and the approach to Tribally-informed management of public lands.

Alternative E in the draft RMP is the preferred alternative for the Bears Ears Commision, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

This approach to collaborative management respects Tribal lands while reasonably balancing public access and use of the Monument, with protecting its cultural and natural resources.

Protect the Monument, support Alternative E and submit an official public comment today, using this form.

Respecting Tribal connections to land and protecting biodiversity go hand-in-hand.

The five Tribes that make up the Bears Ears Commission—the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Ute Indian Tribe, and the Zuni Tribe—along with many other Tribes, have stewarded the lands and waters that make up Bears Ears National Monument for centuries.

A collaborative approach to resource management, as proposed in Alternative E in the draft RMP, will ensure that the Tribes’ Traditional Indigenous Knowledge will be integrated in a way that safeguards these ancestral lands and protects the biodiversity and splendid beauty of the Monument.

Join us in supporting the Tribes’ vision for Bears Ears!

This is the first time a commission of Tribes has collaborated in preparing a resource management plan for a national monument.

With your support, we can uphold and defend a collaborative management plan that reflects time-tested best practices, protects the biodiversity of the land, and balances sustainable access for all.

Submit your comment today through the form at the top of this page. 

How to make your comment as impactful as possible

While every comment in support of Alternative E helps, comments that are personal and specific make a bigger impact. Order to make sure your voice is heard:

  • Use your own words
  • Be specific about why Bears Ears is important to you — you can use our community guidance for support.
  • Be specific about what you don’t like about other alternatives.
  • Use evidence to support the arguments in your comments.

For more support writing an effective public comment, check out our Writing a Substantive Comment and Community Guidance resources. Or join us at an upcoming public comment meeting to get support making your comment.

Tips for writing a substantive comment

Under federal law, agencies must respond to all “substantive” written comments submitted during the public comment period in the final plan.

Find out more about what qualifies as a substantive comment.

Community Guidance

Helpful messaging on the position of the Commission on the draft RMP, Alternative E specifically, and other resource-specific areas of interest. Explore these messages as you craft your own public comment.

Public Comment Meetings

Join members of the Bears Ears Commission along with BLM and U.S. Forest Service staff at an upcoming public comment meeting.