Don't take the wild away from wildlife
Late last year, President Trump took the unprecedented and illegal step of shrinking two national monuments in the state of Utah by almost two million acres – slashing Bears Ears by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante by about half – so that energy companies could access oil, gas and coal deposits underneath monument lands.
Defenders is challenging the president’s unlawful move in court, but now the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is trying to lock in the president’s illegitimate actions by creating land use plans for the remaining fractured monument lands. The new plans could weaken protections for wildlife, cultural and other resources, and would do nothing to safeguard lands unlawfully stripped of protection from mining and drilling. Fragmenting and developing the landscapes that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase were established to protect will destroy habitat and force wildlife to risk their lives as they navigate lands that could soon be overrun with dangerous and destructive oil, gas and coal industry operations.
Tell BLM to stop developing plans for illegitimately downsized monuments and to uphold protections for wildlife and habitat within original monument boundaries.