Bears Ears Public Comment Period Begins Amid Intense Opposition to Monument's Shrinkage

Jan 12, 2018

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on management for the downsized Bears Ears National Monument even though the smaller monument faces legal challenges and stiff opposition.

On December 4th, President Trump issued an executive order shrinking the monument from 1.3 million acres to about 200,000. The BLM’s Utah State Office has now opened a 60-day public scoping period. However, three lawsuits have been filed against Trump’s order. And on Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urged Congress to reject a bill, introduced by Utah Congressman John Curtis, that seeks to accomplish the downsizing legislatively.  Begaye said in a release that protection of the larger monument, which borders the reservation, is “essential to the Navajo people and to the Navajo way of life.”