if this land had any actual surface value it would be inhabited. it is
worthless desert admired only by environment worshipers.
More evidence that these sacred areas deserve protection from money grubbing
politicians and their funders in the extractive industries.
Thumbs up to Bears Ears. Hoping we can add a 6th national park someday.
Definitely one of the best things Utah has going for it. Extractive industries
provide short term benefit and a boom-bust economy.
@golong;"Tell the environmentalists to go back to California and leave
Utah to us."Hate to break it to you, but most of the
"environmentalists" are Utahn's that don't want our
politicians to sell Utah or federal lands to their extraction and developer
"donors". Utah "left to us" has resulted in polluted
water, toxic air and less access to Utah citizens.
And all of this wonder has been there for thousands of years, and enjoyed by
millions of visitors for at least a hundred years--without making it a national
monument. There is no need to restrict access; if it is a wonderful as you say,
you should open it up and allow even more people to experience it. This part of
the world is never going to be overrun with people and the dreaded
"developers". Just leave it alone. Taking away the national monument
designation keeps it as it has been for many, many years--good for everyone.
Tell the environmentalists to go back to California and leave Utah to us.
Bears Ears is a true treasure, on par with the Grand Canyon and Zion's.
Better go visit quickly before Utah politicians and Trump's anti-
environmental guys turn it over to oil, gas & mining donors. Utah GOP
politicians would allow drilling and mining in their grandmother's backyard
if lobbyists paid them enough.
Hmmm...the real mystery: how on earth did this area remain so beautiful and
pristine all these ?years without the benefit of a national-monument
designation. In fact, while we're at it, how have any of the lands under
state or private control managed to survive intact without the magical
intervention and gilded hand of the feds? Because clearly, we locals are just
too stupid, careless, and greedy to get it right for even a second, let alone
decades. Can someone please enlighten me on how this is possible?
Hatch and our other representatives failed us. They spent 4 years running out
the clock and alienating the Indians. The Monument was the best alternative
especially knowing Trump was coming into office and our politicians habit of
representing the extractive industries.
Quoting Hatch, "In the parting shot of his presidency, President Obama
defied the entire Utah congressional delegation..." Maybe so. But not the
majority of Utahns.Senator Hatch clearly prefers politics over
retirement, getting in touch with his constituents, or just doing the right
stevo, who is "our politicians"? I can see you live in Idaho. Yes, Bears
Ears is a gem. Ask yourself why? It's because it has not been touched too
much by greedy outdoor companies and misguided environmentalist. "Our"
Utah delegation, did and are doing, exactly as the people who voted them in,
It all comes down to this; Is a Monument designation the best thing for the
ruins, the land and the locals (native or Anglo)? NO Was it right that the
delegation Utah voted for, was disregarded in the president's designation?
NO Was it right that the coalition was enticed by the environmentalists to ride
this ride together? NO, If this monument is left alone everything about this
special place will be unrecognizable within a few years. If rescinded,
hopefully, it will be a forgotten new place to see, and go back to being
special. I am in the tourism business and it is up 5 times the usual for this
time of year. How is that protecting anything?
BENM is a true gem. I wish our politicians would agree.