A: The vision for a Bears Ears National Monument keeps the area largely as it is today— primitive and remote and free of admission fees. Monument designation will provide new resources to tell those stories and bring about healing for the land, plants, animals, and people. For example, there is currently only one full-time law enforcement officer dedicated to patrolling the nearly two million acres of Bears Ears.
Q: Why not turn the land back over to the original Native American inhabitants? What makes the Bears Ears proposal unique is that the lands would be collaboratively co-managed by an inter-tribal coalition and the federal government. This would be the first such cooperative monument management approach and an important part of why Great Old Broads for Wilderness supports this designation.
Q: I heard that in Escalante the monument designation hurt nearby education. Will we lose our schools? A: Not as a result of monument designation. The viability of schools is based on student enrollment, which has dropped in many rural areas, but is actually on the increase in Bluff, Utah. Recently, the School Superintendent told the Salt Lake City Tribune there are no plans to close or combine schools in Escalante despite enrollment decline.
Q: Will designating Bears Ears a national monument lead to an economic collapse of the local communities? A: Again, if we look at Escalante as an example, a Headwaters Economics study found that the communities adjacent to GSENM experienced strong growth after the designation in That growth is in local health care and the tourism sector, which includes accommodations, food, arts, entertainment, and recreation.
A: Bears Ears consists of federal public lands and Americans have a say in how they are managed and used. Everyone will have a chance to provide input in how Bears Ears is cared for during the development of the Monument Management Plan, including recreationists, land users, and the State of Utah and County governments.
On December 4, , President Donald Trump ordered an 85 percent about 1. Trump also reduced the size of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly 47 percent on the same day. The monument's reduction was seen as a victory for Republican officials and energy companies with mining leases for fossil fuel and uranium deposits,  and a defeat for environmentalists and Native American tribes. Any such revenue would benefit the state's public school system. Those proposed new boundaries were mostly incorporated into the actual reduction.
More than uranium mining claims are located inside the original monument boundaries, with the large majority of those claims being located outside the reduced boundaries. Energy Fuels, a Canadian uranium producer which operates the only uranium mine and mill near the monument's original boundaries via their US subsidiary Energy Fuels Resources, holds about one third of those claims.
The company, along with other mining firms, had lobbied hard for the reduction. On December 4, , Utah Congressman John Curtis , along with fellow Utah representatives Rob Bishop , Chris Stewart and Mia Love , introduced a bill that would codify the Trump administration's reduction of Bears Ears National Monument by creating two new national monuments in the remaining areas defined by the president.
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