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Interior Secretary Haaland: Recommend restoring Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears today!

Three years ago, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments were slashed by over two million acres, amounting to the largest elimination of protected public lands in U.S. history.

Although this marks an incredibly tragic day for our public lands, there is an urgent development: Secretary of the Interior Haaland is reviewing the Trump administration’s rollbacks of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante during the next few days. She will be working with the Attorney General, Tribal governments, and other departments to review the previous administration’s changes, and making recommendations to the President on whether or not to restore the monuments to their original sizes.

We have just a few days to convince the Biden administration to make the right decision to restore our national monuments. Please sign the petition now to send a message to Secretary Haaland to recommend restoring the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

The purpose of national monument designations is to permanently protect America’s historic and ecologically significant places. Stripping away national monument status from parts of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante undermines that very concept. The Trump administration’s decision put tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites in danger of irreversible development, looting, and desecration, in addition to locking out the public from OUR shared public lands.

That attack on our national monument landscapes has gone on far too long. We need your help right now to urge the Biden administration to reverse the disastrous decision to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, and restore these incredible monuments to their original size.

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RE: Restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

To Secretary Haaland, 

As an avid supporter of public lands, I am asking that you recommend fully restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in your review of Presidential Proclamations 9681 and 9682 from December 4, 2017. Those national monuments are home to Native American sacred sites, tens of thousands of archeological sites, and recreation areas with striking landscapes that help define the American West, and should be protected once again as their original designations intended.

Americans spoke out during the national monument review process in 2017 - more than 2.8 million public comments were made in support of protecting Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. That attack on our public lands has gone on for far too long. Please listen to the millions of Americans who love and use our lands and reverse Proclamations 9681 and 9682 so that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante will be restored to their former size.

Our national monuments and public lands benefit all Americans, including future generations. We must do everything we can to protect these precious historical and cultural resources from harm. Please take swift action to safeguard Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

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