Sec. of Interior Ryan Zinke recommended today that the boundaries of Bear Ears National Monument “be revised” in other words decreased according to a memorandum released by his office this afternoon.
In the release memo that is the making its way across the Internet the Secretary of Interior states that the Bear Ears National Monument “does not fully conform with the policies set forth in” The Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Destinations under Antiquities Act current president Donald Trump signed back on April 26 of this year.
Sec. of Interior Zinke stated today before the release of the memo n “more appropriate to identify and separate the areas that have significant objects to be protected.” Zinke also argued that “many of the lands” protected in the 1.5 million-acre monument are “already congressionally or administratively protected,” either through designated wilderness declarations or wilderness study areas.
Zinke did add to reporters before concluding his phone conversation “A final recommendation will not be made until we complete a final review of other monuments,”
In my opinion, this announcement today is really bad for the environment. The fact that Bears Ears’ has a superior ecological status and a vast wealth of uranium and other natural deposits makes its protection as a National Monument Critical. The fact that so many politicians are working day and night to strip Bear Ears of this National Park recognition shows that our current government is just interested in selling off our national heritage to special interest groups.
Bear Ears National Monument ranks among the top of the United States most iconic National Parks and in my opinion, deserves the same protection afforded to Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. If Interior Sec. Zinke really does consider Teddy Roosevelt his idol as he said in many discussions with the press prior to his appointment he should follow the words of wisdom Pres. Roosevelt left stating our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”
I encourage you to contact the Sec. of Interior and your local Congressman and let them know Bear Ears National Monument needs to be protected and then set aside for protection designed to preserve some parts of nature for children should never be for sale to special interest groups.
The best way to contact the Sec. of Interior is through the following Facebook pages. Please be respectful in what you say (no profanity or all capital letters ) or your message will get hid. Also, do not use a cut-and-paste response because those usually never get read because they assume it was posted by a robot.
If you prefer you can tweet to the Secretary of the Interior at the following handles:
Or even tag him on Instagram or comment on his posts:
Or if you prefer you can even send them a letter via regular mail or an email
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
I really do encourage you to let your voice be heard and if possible take advantage of all these different methods to contact the Department of Interior and let them know that America is not for sale to special interest. Please share this with your friends.
This is one of the two bear’s ears at our beautiful but likely short-lived Bear Ears National Monument: