Tomorrow Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will give his recommendations on over 29 national monuments under review by Trump’s executive order. The review has been criticized as arbitrary, unscientific, unbalanced and even inspired principally by fossil fuel interests.
The unorthodox monuments review has centered from the start around two Utah national monuments, with Zinke, Trump, Utah congressional representatives like Rep. Rob Bishop and state and county legislators all pushing for the recision or dramatic shrinking of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears against the will of the majority of Utahns, tribes and broad interests (including hunters, veterans, business owners, outdoor enthusiasts, archaeologists, religious leaders and even children) across the country. The review itself yielded comments that were overwhelmingly in favor of keeping our national monuments just as they are, including 9 out of 10 comments to the Department of the Interior on Bears Ears. Yet, Zinke has indicated that he will recommend dramatic reductions to both our Utah monuments.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call Secretary Zinke and remind him that monuments make Utah great by boosting our economy directly through tourism and outdoor industry and indirectly by drawing new businesses and employees into our great state. They make us great by giving us access to breathtaking places where we can recreate, hunt and gather, celebrate our spirituality and study and learn from the ancient past. Utah families rely on our national monuments for their livelihoods and for the possibility of unprecedented economic opportunities that no other industry can bring to them. 60% of Utahns want to keep our national monuments in place and 84% want greater access to our public lands, access which is lost forever with the sale and lease of public lands not protected by monument designation.
Dept of Interior, Office of the Secretary: (202) 208-7351
- District 1 Constituents: attend one of Rep. Rob Bishop’s Town Hall meetings this week (starting TONIGHT) and give him your feedback on his attacks on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase and Utah’s public lands. Show Rep. Bishop where Utahns stand on national monuments and ask him how he plans to reconcile his positions with the desires of the majority of people in Utah and the great economic, recreational, historical and spiritual benefits that national monument protection affords our state. Ask Rep. Bishop to explain how he can truly represent the best interests and desires of Utahns when 93% of his funding comes from out of state and from donors whose interests directly conflict with constituents on public lands.
Rep. Rob Bishop Town Hall Schedule
Rep. Bishop has called for “an elevated and productive dialogue about real issues important to Utah families.” We strongly encourage civil discourse and well-informed questions as the best way to get your voice heard by your representative (and also by any press at the event). Check out our 12 Tips for Town Halls for more ideas about how to make your participation in town halls more successful.
5:00 – 6:00 PM
LIVE Radio Town Hall on KVEL 920 AM
Questions may be emailed to: steveKLCY@gmail.com
(Broadcast area: Vernal, Roosevelt, Duchesne, Manila, and surrounding areas)
Box Elder High School Auditorium
380 S 600 W, Brigham City, UT 84302
Layton Christian Academy
2352 UT-193, Layton, UT 84040