Bears Ears National Monument May be Shrinking

Over Two Dozen National Monuments Under Review

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- - Over two dozen national monuments are under review after an executive order signed by President Trump in late April. Bears Ears National Monument, one of the last additions to President Obama's conserved lands, has a report from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke making recommendations for revising the amount of land that Bears Ears encompasses. 

The main goal of the recommendation is to reduce the size of Bears Ears.

Another nearby monument under review is the Colorado Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

Opponents to the review say "But really, where does it stop? Once you start tampering with these places that are supposed to be protected in perpetuity, where does it end? So, no park, monument, or public land is really safe," says Scott Braden, a Wilderness and Public Lands Advocate for Conservation Colorado. 

Opponents and proponents of the recommendation have several different reasons for their opinions. To submit find out more about the review or submit a public comment, go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001.


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