With Trump’s executive orders on national monuments expected to be signed today, and Secretary Zinke promising a review of Bears Ears completed within just 45 days, there is no time to waste letting Interior Secretary Zinke know how much our national monuments mean to us Utahns!
It’s time to write letters about the wild places that are dear to us, the landscapes that steal our breath away or provide us with sanctity, our state identity, our American Heritage or our cherished hunting or recreating grounds. We love our national monuments in Utah, one of the key engines of our economic prowess as a domestic and international tourist destination and the providers of livelihood for tens of thousands of people in our state.
What do Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments mean to you? Why are they worth protecting? Why are their current boundaries essential for your family and for Utah? Secretary Zinke has only heard one side of the monument story. Zinke and Trump say this “review” is an opportunity to “make sure people have a voice.” It’s time for him to hear from you.
CALL TO ACTION
- Write a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, with your personal story about why BENM and/or GSENM should be left alone. Your letter can be long or short, funny or serious, written by adults or kids — as long as it is real and personal. Let Secretary Zinke get to know the people whose lives will be affected by undoing or reducing Utah’s national monuments.
TIPS: We recommend adding pictures to show Zinke your favorite places in BENM and GSENM and how you and your family interact with our national monuments.
Send in your letter by email to: Secretary Ryan Zinke, firstname.lastname@example.org. According to a Dept of Interior employee, letters sent here will be received by the executive secretary, tasked to an analyst and passed along to Secretary Zinke.
- Share your letter with Action Utah for better exposure. This part is entirely optional! If you feel sensitive about sharing your letter, by all means, keep it private. But if you are willing to let others see it, email us your letter so we can publish it on our site and let other members share it to get you more bang for your buck. Again, pictures are essential for getting more attention on social media.
- Let your calls be tallied. If you absolutely cannot write a letter, or even if you can, be sure to voice your support for Bears Ears, Grand Staircase and all national monuments, as a threat to one monument is a threat to all.
Dept of Interior, Office of the Secretary (202) 208-7351, dial “0” to leave a comment.
BLM Public Land Inquiry Line (dedicated line for public lands issues, calls will be counted here) (202) 912-7780
- Don’t forget to send your daily Tweet to Secretary Zinke! If you haven’t already done so, join the #mymonuments Tweet Storm.