URGENT: Last chance to submit comments to the BLM on land use plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase!

April 10th, 2018|Action of the Day|0 Comments

Public comments are due April 11th!

As you know, on December 4, 2017, President Trump signed two proclamations that seek to significantly reduce the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments.

Several legal challenges have been filed against the proclamations urging courts to weigh in and determine if the dramatic cuts to the national monuments are unlawful. In the meantime, the Bureau of Land Management is moving forward with creating new land use plans that reflect the diminished boundaries in both monuments.

The creation and diminution of the two monuments has been highly politicized, with controversy and polarization inflated by heated rhetoric, special-interest-funded propaganda, and myth-mongering. No matter what side of the issue you are on, you — the people — should have a chance to weigh in.

Speak up about the BLM’s actions to move forward with its new management plans in the face of ongoing disputes over the monument boundaries.

Comments on the land use plans are due by the end of the business day TOMORROW, April 11th, 2018.

What you can do TODAY

(Please note: you must comment separately on each monument plan.)

You may alternatively submit your comments on Bears Ears via email here or snailmail here:

Attn: Field Office Manager
Monticello Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 7
Monticello, UT 84535

You may alternatively submit your comments on Grand Staircase Escalante via email here or snailmail here:

Attn: Monument Manager
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Bureau of Land Management
669 South Highway 89A
Kanab, UT 84741

Suggested Talking Points

We encourage you to write personalized comments for the greatest impact. In addition to your comments on the monument plans themselves, you may want consider emphasizing the following points:

  • The BLM should abstain from management planning until a court has ruled on the legality of President Trump’s action. Rapidly moving forward with this planning effort is a waste of valuable agency resources that would be better spent addressing much needed on-the-ground cultural and natural resource protection issues.
  • In order to ensure adequate public review and comment, the public comment period should be extended to 90 days after the last BLM or Forest Service public hearing.
  • In addition to gateway communities, public hearings should also be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Flagstaff, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Denver, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.

For Monument Supporters:

Consider these talking points on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase.

For Monument Opponents:

Consider these talking points on Bears Ears.

 

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