Stand with our Lands

Stand with Grand Staircase-Escalante

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In April President Trump instructed the Department of Interior to review Grand-Staircase Escalante’s monument designation. On Aug 24th, according to a leaked copy of his report, Secretary Zinke recommended erasing protections: shrinking the monument and allowing mining, logging and drilling in currently protected areas.

 

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State: Utah
Established: September 18, 1996

This high, rugged, and remote region, where bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs run for distances that defy human perspective, was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped.
Presidential Proclamation

Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

What is Grand Staircase-Escalante Known For?

"The monument is a geologic treasure ... offering a clear view to understanding the processes of the earth's formation ... The monument includes world class paleontological sites." (Proclamation)


Why is Grand Staircase-Escalante Threatened?

"Most of the ecological communities contained in the monument have low resistance to, and slow recovery from, disturbance." Unfortunately, under that fragile crust is coal, as well as high potential for oil and gas development. This year, the oil and gas industry has proposed fracking in 57,000 acres of public lands nearby in southern Utah.

Landscape of a coal site in Utah.  Credit Bureau of Land Management via www.blm.gov

Landscape of a coal site in Utah.  Credit Bureau of Land Management via www.blm.gov


Senator Orrin Hatch, Official Portrait

Senator Orrin Hatch, Official Portrait

Senator Mike Lee, Official Portrait

Senator Mike Lee, Official Portrait

What can we do?

We can challenge President Trump and Secretary Zinke's unprecedented move to potentially ERASE protections for Grand Staircase-Escalante. The legal case against the president is strong -- the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 affirmed that only Congress has the authority to modify national monuments. But in addition to lawsuits we need the Senators from Utah to do all they can to make sure Grand Staircase-Escalante protections remain in place.

Sign the petition to Sens. Orrin Hath and Mike Lee and ask them to stand up for Grand Staircase-Escalante, which belongs to all Americans.

Both Sens. Hath and Lee are on record as opposing Grand Staircase-Escalante. We need to remind them of how important it is to protect it.

 
 


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