Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bears Ears National Monument: 27 Monuments Stop #4

Valley of the Gods Road and Butte
Bears Ears National Monument. Utah. May 13, 2016.
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I'm scrambling a bit to get caught up today after taking yesterday off for some family time and for shooting some old ghost towns in southern Washington, so I'll let Brent Rose's work speak for itself on this Bears Ears update...

After his video and photos, I've added some new links to articles on the monument.  For the older links, check out the older posts.

More Bears Ears news...

Bears Ears critics' numbers are misleading: A look at early monument sizes (May 30, 2017)

A comparison of monument designations by Obama and President Theodore Roosevelt show that recent proclamations, on average, are not that much larger than those a century ago, when Congress passed the Antiquities Act, which Roosevelt invoked with great zeal to safeguard the nation's natural heritage from looters, miners and loggers who were then misappropriating the West's resources.   
The average size of Roosevelt's 18 monuments exceeded 85,000 acres; Obama's 31 nonmarine designations averaged 185,311 acres. That amounts to a size ratio of around 2.3-to-1 ­— not the 47-to-1 evoked by Utah lawmakers.
Early monument blockbusters included Alaska's Glacier Bay, designated by Calvin Coolidge in 1925 (1 million acres), and California's Death Valley, designated by Herbert Hoover in 1933 (1.6 million acres). From the beginning, Roosevelt took an expansive approach toward preserving antiquities to include the landscapes that harbored them. Yet one-third of Roosevelt's designation focused on cultural artifacts; the majority protected geological wonders, such as Natural Bridges in the heart of what is now the Bears Ears.
Roosevelt's two largest monuments, Grand Canyon and Mount Olympus (615,000 acres) generated fierce opposition. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1920 affirmed the Grand Canyon designation, while one of Roosevelt's successors shrank Olympus.

BLM: Bears Ears National Monument Map (as of June 2017) - PDF

To comment on the monument review process (due July 10, 2017):

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has extended the comment public comment period for Bears Ears to July 10, 2017, the same as the rest of the monuments currently under review.


27 Monuments:




Department of the Interior: Secretary Zinke Submits 45-Day Interim Report on Bears Ears National Monument and Extends Public Comment Period (June 12, 2017)

Inside Science: 

Contested National Monuments in Utah House Treasure Troves of Fossils (June 13, 2017)
Paleontologists have found incredible dinosaur diversity at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. What could nearby Bears Ears hold?

The Revelator: The Roots of the Antiquities Act? They’re in Bears Ears (June 15, 2017)

L. A. Times: Op-Ed Shrinking Utah's Bears Ears National Monument would be one more broken promise to Native Americans (June 19, 2017)

Deseret News: Leave Grand Escalante and Bears Ears as they are (May 4, 2017)

Salt Lake Tribune: 

Check out the new book of Native American voices about Bears Ears (June 19, 2017)

Editorial: Zinke leaves Bears Ears dispute unsettled (June 14, 2017)

Bears Ears critics' numbers are misleading: A look at early monument sizes (May 30, 2017)

Editorial: Utah’s national monuments have already justified themselves (April 28, 2017)

Public Land Solutions Whitepaper Highlights Economic Potential for Bears Ears National Monument (April 20, 2017)


Leaked documents show Trump administration plans more mining and drilling on public lands (April 11, 2017)


BLM on flikr: 


Bears Ears National Monument: Secretary Zinke's Initial Recommendations
Bears Ears National Monument: A Quick Tour of a Monument at Risk

Bears Ears National Monument: Video and Links Collection

National Monuments in Danger

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