Category: Federal Land Grabs
I absolutely oppose a monument. The government has already done harm by advertising our area.
Everyone has learned that tourism also brings sprawling growth, crappy jobs, ever-higher rents and home prices, and an increasingly unmanageable crush of visitors and traffic.
The difference in funding is staggering $20,000,000.00 (radicalized environmentalists) vs $1,870.00 (grassroots movement).
The Bears Ears actual area sits in roughly two square miles. That’s about .0006 percent of the proposed monument. How the designation of calling it Bears Ears National Monument came to be is incomprehensible.
Utahns have been shut out of public meetings, and environmental groups have bussed in out of state activists under the guise of representing local perspectives.
Greg Sheehan told board members it is important for the state to express its desire to retain management authority over wildlife populations.
Scott Groene from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance asked Jonah how he felt about the north boundary being extended up through Canyonlands. “The more land the better”, Jonah said. “We are with you.”
“The whole tone of it seems like the tribes are generally being used as pawns for the environmental groups to get what they really want,” Clarke said. “They are being played. It is somewhat insulting.”
San Juan County currently contains all or part of one national park, three national monuments, a national recreation area and a national forest, and yet is the poorest county in Utah and one of the most economically depressed counties in the nation.
It turns out the Outdoor Industry was surprised when residents of San Juan County, who oppose the monument, showed up to express their opposition.