Guest opinion: Bears Ears is getting more love than it can handle

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  • KDave Moab, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 9:36 a.m.

    I just spent the weekend in the monument. Except for a brief visit of the San Juan safari, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I think for the most part, tourists trying to find the Bears Ears will be dissapointed. Their visit will be brief and they won't return.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2018 6:47 a.m.

    A national monument means visitors centers, forest rangers, maps and tourists. That may work great for a place like Yosemite (or not so great when there are so many hoards you think twice before wanting to visit). When you are trying to protect artifacts that supposedly people don't even know about, or fragile indian dwellings or sites that have no guards, more people and visitors are probably not the best thing. Recent example such as the Kiva that was shut down in Canyonlands N. Park (it is a national park, so everything in there must be safe right?) secondary to damage.

    I think a lot of that area is very cool. Wilderness study areas, conservation area's I think would of been better down there. The indians liked to live up high in little crevices. The hardest to get to are the best preserved from my observation. I've seen some cool stuff down there where it was just my family and some ruins. I've been to other sites where 30 or more people at once going in and around a site, that was mostly already in bad shape. Soon there will be lots of people at every site, until someone does something stupid, then the site will be closed like the Kiva.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 4:05 p.m.

    Hard to assume that this article is a fair assessment of anything when the author utters "When President Clinton announced in 1996 plans to seize more of Utah for federal interests, "

    Yep, the Feds seized their land from Utah that never owned it. And I think the monument designation "seized" the land for the use of all people, not just the extraction industries.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 12:51 p.m.

    The people are coming. It's not only the designation but social media that has contributed to the heavy influx. The monument designation brought some resolution to the situation, where management, planning and funding discussions could now take place. T rump and our GOP representatives only delayed the inevitable. The courts will overturn T rumps unconstitutional act and we'll be back to square one. The question has always been how do we manage our public lands for generations to come?