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Boundary adjustments to Grand Staircase and Bears Ears

NM defense - monument review

NM defense - monument review
Tim Peterson

The backstory: 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 ›

NM defense - where we're at

NM defense - where we're at
Tim Peterson

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 will file a lawsuit 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. Please consider donating to our National Monuments Defense Fund ›

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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 ›

National Monuments Blog

02/20/18

Why President Trump’s proclamations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase leave lands unprotected, even though they are still subject to some protective laws and policies.

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02/7/18

For now, the threat is not imminent development, but speculation on future fossil fuel drilling and coal and uranium mining.

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01/30/18

Whopper #1: Don’t worry, there won’t be oil and gas drilling or uranium mining in the lands cut from Bears Ears.

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