Tell the BLM to Protect Grand Staircase and Bears Ears — Comments Due March 19th!

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

Despite legal challenges filed by SUWA and partner organizations over these unlawful abuses of presidential authority, the Bureau of Land Management is moving forward with creating new land use plans that reflect the diminished boundaries in both monuments.

Even as we remain confident that President Trump’s actions will be invalidated by the courts, it’s important that you speak up as the BLM begins to move forward with its new management plans.

Comments on the land use plans are due March 19th, 2018, or 15 days after public meetings (which have yet to be announced)—whichever is later.

>> Click here to comment on Bears Ears National Monument.

>> Click here to comment on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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

We encourage you to write personalized comments, as the agency is likely to disregard boilerplate messages. In writing your comments, please consider emphasizing the following points:

  • The proclamations reducing the monuments are, first and foremost, unlawful actions that will ultimately be overturned by a court of law. Under the Antiquities Act, the president only has the authority to create a national monument, and only Congress can revoke or reduce the boundaries of an existing monument.
  • 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.

Additional talking points are available at the links below:

>> Click here to comment on Bears Ears National Monument.


>> Click here to comment on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Your comments submitted by March 19th play a critical role in protecting Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in the short term, while our legal team works daily to restore the monuments for all time.

Thank you for taking action.