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BLM Notices Increase in Visitation, But Not Resource Damage, in Bears Ears Monument

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More people are visiting the new Bears Ears National Monument this season, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM Monticello Field Office Manager Don Hoffheins says visitation to the monument is about 1.5 to 2 times higher than last year. However, those numbers are estimates only, and the agency has not yet compiled specific visitation data for the past year. Despite the increase in visitation, however, Hoffheins says his field staff has not seen increased damage to sites or monument resources.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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