We feel strongly that public lands serve as one of the countries great uniting forces and we know that Americans of all stripes love the outdoors. In December 2017, we gave $100,000 to the non-profit, Friends of Cedar Mesa, to help construct a “Visit With Respect” Education Center outside Bears Ears in Bluff, Utah. The center will help narrow the gap created by the reduction of Bears Ears’ monument boundaries. The center will provide educational resources – from maps and guides to staff that are intimately knowledgeable – to the thousands of visitors anticipated to explore the Bears Ears region. It will also foster local community, including workspace for local organizations and tribal leadership.
“The Administration's dramatic reduction of the Bears Ears National Monument puts at risk tens of thousands of archaeological sites, world-class recreation areas, and sacred places for Native American people,” said Josh Ewing, Executive Director for Friends of Cedar Mesa. “Not only does this open the area for oil and gas drilling and uranium mining, but in ensures the Monument will not receive the funding and resources needed to deal with the urgent need for visitor education and management.”
Bears Ears National Monument, located in southeastern Utah, was originally named a national monument in 2016 to protect public land enjoyed by thousands of Americans for outdoor recreation. It’s also the home to five Native American tribe’s sacred lands and rich, cultural history, including more than 100,000 artifacts.