This week, the Department of the Interior announced that it would be reviewing millions of acres of public land protected as National Monuments under a piece of legislation called the Antiquities Act. This is an unprecedented action that puts one of our bedrock conservation laws under threat.
All National Monuments are at risk, but the Department of the Interior has specifically identified public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Maine for review.
Interior has a public comment period beginning May 12. Comments on Bears Ears will be accepted for just 15 days. During this time, it will be extremely important for people who love the outdoors to speak up in defense of public lands.
Click here to take action and have your comments submitted to Interior. We have drafted a sample comment, but encourage you to personalize it based on your own experience of National Monuments or public lands, especially if you have a local connection to Bears Ears or any of the National Monuments under review.