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Ellen Heyn

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Where we are now

The Grand Canyon Trust won't stand for this unacceptable affront to our core values, our mission, and the law of the land. We have filed lawsuits challenging the president's attempt to diminish Bears Ears and Grand Staircase. We stand behind the tribes that worked so hard to protect Bears Ears, and we’ll continue to advocate for the interests of national monument-loving Americans in the long legal battle ahead.

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NM defense - monument review

NM defense - monument review
Tim Peterson

An opaque review

In April 2017, President Trump signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments. Millions of comments flooded the Department of the Interior in response — an overwhelming 99 percent in favor of keeping our monuments as they are. Despite public opinion, President Trump followed through on Zinke's recommendations to slash Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, issuing new proclamations for the monuments. Read more ›

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NM defense - what is a national monument

NM defense - what is a national monument

What are national monuments?

National parks, national monuments, what's the difference? Both protect some of our nation's finest natural and cultural resources, but the two designations have a few key differences. National parks must be created by Congress; national monuments can be designated by Congress, but presidents also have the authority under the Antiquities Act to designate them. Read our fact check of common national monument myths ›

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Anti-monument Utah politicians can’t have it both ways. Say what you will in the court of public opinion; in the court of law, you’re legally bound to tell the truth.

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Please weigh in by April 11, 2018 for Bears Ears and April 13, 2018 for Grand Staircase.

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When you send your comments in on or before April 13, please say “I support the Sustainable Grand Staircase-Escalante Alternative.”

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