Multi-Part  Podcast Series. Local and National Perspective

Bears Ears National Monument

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Bears Ears National Monument

In part one, I interview Josh Ewing, Executive Director with the non-profit Friends of Cedar Mesa for the local perspective on Bears Ears National Monument, its reduction and the work that they are doing to educate the public and protect this significant cultural landscape.


In part two, I speak with Dan Hartinger with The Wilderness Society for the national story.


On December 4th, 2017, President Trump reduced the monument by 85% in a nod to the energy industry and anti-federal land advocates. The reduction came at no great surprise to the nation, given Trump's campaign rhetoric, but the size of the reduction caught conservationists and the public off guard. An uproar ensued, led by outdoor clothing company Patagonia and national conservation organizations. The Bears Ears story is one for the history books and epitomizes the modern battle for the heart and soul of our public lands.

Just before leaving office, President Obama signed Bears Ears National Monument into law under the Antiquities Act For the first time in U.S. history, a coalition of Native American tribes (Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Council) came together to propose the creation of a national monument that protected a common cultural ancestry and heritage. This momentous occasion and effort compelled Obama to designate the monument despite pushback from Utah lawmakers who accused him of overstepping his authority. The saga of Bears Ear continues while permanent protection continues to be sought after.

Ruins at Bears Ears National Monument

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