In recent months, the Department of the Interior proposed new land management plans for the reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, as well as the lands around them that were previously held within monument borders. These new plans include oil and gas leasing, coal mining and off-road vehicle use in areas that were previously protected from these damaging uses.
Utahns agree on the value of protecting our public lands, and surveys show that only 24% of Utahns want to see oil, gas and mining on public lands, even when developed in responsible ways.
When the monuments were reduced, proponents argued that monument reduction would allow for greater public access, but selling and leasing public land to private enterprise REDUCES public access forever while potentially damaging irreplaceable national treasures.
We have until Nov 15th to submit public comments to the BLM about these plans. Get your voice heard today!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Submit a comment to the BLM on their Bears Ears area management plan by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send by mail to: BLM, Canyon Country District Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532, Attention: Lance Porter.
- Submit a comment to the BLM on their Grand Staircase-Escalante management plan through the online ePlanning portal at: https://goo.gl/EHvhbc. Or send by mail to: 669 S Hwy 89A Kanab, UT 84741, Attn: Matt Betenson
NOTE: Please include your name and street address. Your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. You can request your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. Comments will be accepted until November 15, 2018.