What YOU Can Do
Letters to the Editor
Show your support by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. Share the importance of the Antiquities Act, the value of public lands, and personal experiences that connect you to these treasured landscapes. HERE are helpful tips for LTEs & Letters to Congress
Spread the Word
Don’t forget to talk with friends and family who may be confused by misinformation to help them see the whole picture.
Stand strong and stay public!
Contact your senators and representatives. For those that called Trump out for his illegal actions, thank them for standing by public land protections. Conversely, express your displeasure to those who have remained silent. Tell them you are fired up and will hold them accountable.
Join with your local Broadband to organize protests and publicly respond–or start a Broadband if there’s not one in your area. (We’ll help–contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Support Broads’ national efforts!
Broads has filed two lawsuits in response to Trump’s illegal action to reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. We will use the clout of the law to strike down this abuse of power by a scofflaw administration with no regard for our wildlands, wildlife, clean air, and clean water. We have and will continue to incur costs for our involvement and are in this fight for the long haul. Broads needs your help. Please contribute to support our efforts.
This is just the beginning. Be prepared to stay strong and stand with us against a steady stream of proclamations that could assault our national monuments in the coming weeks.
It is imperative we continue to voice our opposition to this scheme to hand over our protected public lands to those who seek to exploit them.
Most Americans DO NOT want to reduce our national monuments
Protecting national monuments has enormous public support. Over 2.8 million public comments were received in response to Trump’s monument review. Keylog Economics analyzed the first 1.3 million comments received and estimated that 99.2% of comments opposed the review and any reductions to National Monuments. An analysis of more than 6,700 of the comments received found that over 90% of comments from Utahns opposed the administrative review and wanted to protect monuments. The Trump administration and Utah’s elected officials are ignoring the vast majority of comments.
The Tribes Proposed and Support Bears Ears National Monument
Tribal council members from the Navajo, Hopi, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni Tribes form the Bears Ears Coalition, which proposed Bears Ears as the first tribally co-managed National Monument. Altogether, 30 Native American Tribes with heritage tied to the Bears Ears region have shown overwhelming support for the monument, to protect sacred uses and the area’s tens of thousands of Native American archaeological sites. The day after Trump announced slashing the monument from 1.35 million acres to 201,397 acres, the five tribal governments who petitioned to form it filed a lawsuit against the administration. The Department of Interior claims they consulted with the tribes, but the decision to reduce Bears Ears does not represent the views of these tribal governments and the administration did not go through proper channels for tribal consultation.
These lands belong to ALL Americans
Before monument designation, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante were national public lands managed by the federal government and open for all to enjoy. They were never owned or managed by the state of Utah—so these monument reductions do not “return” the lands to Utahns. Bears Ears National Monument was intended to be co-managed between Native American Tribes, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is managed by the BLM and will continue to be managed by the federal agency. Trump falsely claimed he was “returning” lands to the people when the public owned these lands all along.
Monument Designations DO NOT Lock Out the Public
The only activity national monument designation prevents within Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante is oil and gas development and mining. Grazing is still allowed, as well as off-highway vehicles, mountain biking, hiking, camping, firewood cutting, logging, hunting, and trapping, subject to Monument Management Plans. Native American herb and seed collection and traditional uses in Bears Ears are protected under the monument designation.
National Monuments Bolster, Not Hurt, Local Economies
Independent non-partisan research from Headwaters Economics shows that local economies adjacent to 17 national monuments in the West all expanded following monument designation. Over two-thirds of the communities studied grew at the same rate or at a faster pace compared to similar communities their state. From 2001 to 2015:
— Population grew by 13% and jobs grew by 24%
— Service business jobs grew from 3,916 to 5,561, a 42% increase
— Real per capita income grew from $30,687 to $35,812, a 17% increase
Outdoor Recreation is Essential to Local and National Economies and creates:
— $887 billion in consumer spending annually
— 7.6 million American jobs
— $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue
— $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue
GSENM Has Helped Neighboring Economies
Suzanne Catlett, Board President of the Escalante & Boulder Chamber of Commerce says it best: “As head of a chamber representing 49 businesses, I can tell you that since the protection of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, our local tourism industry in Escalante has grown and is thriving… Thanks to our national monuments, people want to live here, and new home construction is at an all-time high. We have no doubt that Bears Ears National Monument will bring the same economic opportunities to the area. There is no doubt that shrinking these national monuments would harm our local businesses.”