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News Release: Conservation Lands Foundation Calls For Bears Ears National Monument Designation

Durango, CO (July 15, 2016) – The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds the Obama Administration for its leadership in creating a legacy for future generations to enjoy and learn from our country’s natural and cultural treasures and welcomes U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Utah.

The Bears Ears region in Southeast Utah is a place with rich history and incredible opportunities to explore the outdoors. It includes Indian Creek, a place known to many rock climbers, the San Juan river, popular with rafters, and countless canyons like Grand Gulch for people to hike and discover ancient sites in their original setting. Many Native American Tribes have sacred ties to this region and still use these lands for hunting, wood gathering, herb collection and traditional ceremony.

The request for a national monument designation is supported by all of the Tribal governments in the region, the National Congress of American Indians, the All Pueblo Council of Governors, local grassroots Navajo and Ute people, as well as the outdoor recreation industry and other business leaders, veterans, archeologists, communities of faith and conservation groups .Recent also polling showed that 71 percent of Utahans support a Bears Ears National Monument.

“The Bears Ears region is one of our country’s greatest national treasures. There is nothing else like it, and it will be destroyed unless the President acts to make it a national monument,” said Richard Moe, former president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and board member of the Conservation Lands Foundation.  “For three years, Representative Bishop has consistently stalled the legislative process in an effort to outlast the Obama Administration, but his strategy shouldn’t be allowed to work. If future generations of Americans are to experience the unique Bears Ears cultural landscape, President Obama should use his authority to protect it now.”

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