Tag: Antiquities Act
“I fear with a monument, there will be more restrictions, and we won’t have that opportunity, especially our Indian people, our Navajo people. We are always being cut off somewhere, and we don’t really trust the federal government.”
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.
Please bear in mind that if an ordinary group of campers or hunters had created the kind of environmental disruption documented below, they could be prosecuted by the federal government, heavily fined, or both.
A monument supporter said, “This is a coalition of the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, Wilderness Alliance. They brought in a bus from Flagstaff, from Durango, from Moab.”
In 1996, President Bill Clinton used the Antiquities Act to lock up nearly 2 million acres of Garfield and Kane Counties. And it’s worth remembering that Clinton didn’t even have the courage to announce the monument in Utah — he did it across the border in Arizona.
Out-of-state interests advocating for unilateral presidential action argue that a monument designation is the only means of protecting the Bears Ears area. But this argument is plainly false.
Bureau of Land Management officials report that there are no confirmed reports of artifact theft in recent weeks. In the past six months, BLM has investigated one incident in the Cedar Mesa area related to the theft of cultural resources, and several incidents of vandalism and graffitti.
“I think we should look into this,” Noel said, adding that he believes supporters of the Bears Ears National Monument’s creation have been manipulated by groups such as the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Living Rivers and Grand Canyon Trust.
Obama plans to expand the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument northward from New Mexico into the San Luis Valley run into opposition.
The creation of Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument will kill jobs, prevent mining, retire grazing permits, close roads to OHV users, reduce access for sportsmen, and steal water rights.