To our members and supporters,
As we are united by our love and appreciation of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, we must stand together in support of all national monuments. As many of you know, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments are in danger of losing their irreplaceable values.
Although the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument was able to avoid modification during the national monuments review earlier this year, we must remain vigilant on acts that would endanger the future of public lands and subsequently, our national monument.
The public comment period for draft management plans for both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante are currently ongoing. The 90-day comment period runs from August 17th through November 15th. The national monuments coalition is rallying partners and supporters in a major effort to assist the public in submitting comments, and we hope our supporters of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument will join in.
Here are 2 things you can do and encourage other supporters to do right now:
1. Submit Comments
Public comments matter more than ever, and can be the basis for management decisions about these areas for many years to come.
The process to submit comments has recently been made more complicated, and to help with this, comment portals have been created on the Monuments For All website that are free for anyone to use:
Bears Ears: http://monumentsforall.org/bearsears/
Grand Staircase-Escalante: http://monumentsforall.org/grandstaircase/
2. Use Social Media To Encourage Comments
A hashtag is a keyword or phrase preceded by the hash symbol (#), written within a post or comment to highlight it and facilitate a search for it. Using appropriate hashtags can greatly broaden the reach of your social media posts to thousands of potential followers and users interested in similar topics.
Here are some suggested hashtags (#) for sharing on social media:
#MonumentsForAll #SaveGrandStaircase #StandWithBearsEars #ConservationLands #publiclands
As you know, an attack on one monument is an attack on all. Thank you for advocating for public lands.
Links for further information:
A List of the 27 National Monuments Under Review
Interior Secretary Proposes Shrinking Four National Monuments
Lawsuits challenge Trump’s trim of Utah monuments
Emails Show Interior Expected To Learn Nothing From Public Input On Bears Ears Review
A report on monuments showed the benefits of Utah’s Grand Staircase — but then the feds blacked out those portions
What Trump’s Shrinking of National Monuments Actually Means
Bears Ears is waiting for a ruling: Will we protect this land or exploit it?
Government moves ahead with new plans for Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante
BLM INVITES THE PUBLIC TO REVIEW DRAFT GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT AND KANAB-ESCALANTE PLANNING AREA PLANS
BLM INVITES THE PUBLIC TO REVIEW DRAFT BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT PLANS