Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bears Ears National Monument: Video & Links Collection

Campsite on Deer Flats Road
Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. May 13, 2016
Originally posted on Instagram:
Well, nothing to pull me out of my seven month long dormant posting period like an executive order that may lead to the removal of national monument status from some of my favorite places in the United States...

I was sort of hoping to move on from just posting about National Parks and Monuments, but not this year, it looks like!  Of course, I needed to start with Bears Ears National Monument.

Two days later, tons of research, and still no photo or video editing, I realized that I have way too much material to put up in one post on Bears Ears, so I'll be splitting it into several posts.  And I'll be following up after these with posts on some of the other monuments on the short list for de-designation.

Way down at the bottom of this post, below all the videos, is a long list of links on the area.  As for the videos themselves?  I picked a bunch...  Too many, probably!  But I wanted to cover a lot of ground...  These serve as an introduction to the monument and the issues around its creation.  I've focused on both sides of the issues, mostly from the viewpoint of area locals rather than politicians in Salt Lake City and Washington D, C.

Watching through all of these today (and yes, I did make it through almost all of them, and will get through the rest by the morning), I learned that the issue is a little more complex than I first realized, and I am very sympathetic to the concerns and fears of the locals, but I am still, overall, in favor of monument status for Bears Ears.

Yes, it is large, but there are a ton of places worthy of protection within it.  Spectacular landscapes and countless archaeological sites from a culture we still barely understand.  I recognize a lot of the local concerns, but the agencies that were running these lands before the proclamation will still be running these lands in the future, and a lot of the folks I saw interviewed seem to think the BLM and Forest Service are doing a fine job.  I wonder how much of their opposition stems from long held anti-Washington and anti-Obama sentiment as much as it does anything else.

And ranching will continue, as I know it does in Grand Staircase-Escalante...  Maybe with a bit more regulation, but let's face it, ranching on public lands is a real issue that needs to be addressed in the west, and the issues with grazing are deeper and more complex than whether the land has monument status or not.

Finally, this place isn't going to turn into a circus like Arches, at least not for a very long time.  It's one of the reasons I've fallen in love with these monuments and parks that are not run by the National Park Service.  I wrote a lot about that last fall in my first post on Grand Staircase-Escalante.

On the other hand, if Bears Ears loses its monument status, it will still be the same place, run pretty the well, from what I could see when I was there a year ago, before the proclamation was signed.  The BLM and USFS will do a fine job with the land, either way.

So how much will it matter, long run, if it is a monument or not?  Really, it comes down to the management plans taking into account the needs of the locals, no matter what happens.

Through these debates, I hope people actually take the time to learn about these lands and that the issues can be discussed on their actual merits; that if there is to be a debate, that it is a real debate, not just partisan wailing and fear-mongering, or just trying to undo what the Democrat presidents did out of nothing but partisan spite.

Now, on to what is really important, my photo!  This was taken at a dispersed campsite on the ridge east of Natural Bridges National Monument, just west of the actual Bears Ears themselves.
Click on Map to Enlarge

Video (by Others)...

The videos as a playlist...

Bears Ears National Monument

Below are the same videos posted individually...

Some cool photos of Cedar Mesa and the Slickhorn Perfect Kiva:

Many of the arguments against the monument made in the following video are countered by the proclamation document itself. Native uses, including gathering and ceremonial use, are not restricted by the monument. No one is going to freeze.

The title cards in the next video get a little snarky, but the exchanges between Senator Lee and Secretary Jewell are interesting...


The Wilderness Society:

Deseret News: BLM, Forest Service plotting next steps for Bears Ears

Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition:

Friends of Cedar Mesa:

Salt Lake Tribune: Jewell defends Bears Ears monument process

Utah’s Bears Ears monument is a rock star for night skies – and mineral resources

Presidential Proclamation -- Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument:
Government Flickr Page that Used to Show Wilderness Now Only Shows Oil Drilling

What You Need to Know About Trump’s National Monument Rethink

Donate to The Wilderness Society: Stop President Trump from making a monumental mistake

LA Times: Here are the national monuments being reviewed under Trump's order

USA Today: 24 national monuments threatened by Trump's executive order

Trump is targeting all or part of monuments that make up 100,000 acres or more, and were created by presidential proclamation since 1996. The White House released a list of 24 of them on Wednesday. They are:
► Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by President Clinton in 1996. (1.7 million acres).
► Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (1 million acres).
► Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (327,769 acres).
► Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (279,568 acres).
► Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (194,450 acres).
► Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (175,160 acres).
► Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (128,917 acres).
► Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (486,149 acres).
► Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (377,346 acres).
► Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (204,107 acres).
► Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Barack Obama in 2016, (89.6 million acres).
► Marianas Trench Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (60.9 million acres).
► Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 and enlarged by Obama in 2014. (55.6 million acres).
► Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (8.6 million acres).
► Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2013. (242,555 acres).
► Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2014 (496,330 acres).
► Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (703,585 acres).
► Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (330,780 acres).
► Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (3.1 million acres).
► Mojave Trails National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.6 million acres).
► Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.4 million acres).
► Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (296,937 acres).
► Sand to Snow National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (154,000 acres).
One other national monument meets the 100,000-acre threshold but was not included on the White House list:
► The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2014 (346,177 acres).
Unlike the other monuments, which are managed by the Interior Department, San Gabriel is managed by the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said she could not rule out action on San Gabriel. The Department of Agriculture did not respond to an inquiry about the status of the monument.

The executive order also allows for a review of sites smaller than 100,000 acres “where the Secretary determines that the designation or expansion was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.”

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