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Photo Essay: Giving Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante the Protection They Deserve

Photo Essay: Giving Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante the Protection They Deserve

By Derrick Z. Jackson Walls of red, walls of gold. Stratified hillsides exposing 270 million years of Earth formation with ribbons of cocoa, caramel, burned orange, and white. Hoodoo rock formations playing tricks on our minds as massive boulders appear to teeter atop eroded, pencil-thin spires. We walked under natural arches that gloriously framed the […]

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    Bundy Trial Dismissed: ‘A Sad Day for America’s Public Lands’

    Bundy Trial Dismissed: ‘A Sad Day for America’s Public Lands’

    By John Dougherty Shock, disappointment and warnings of potential for more armed standoffs over U.S. public lands were among the reactions Monday from two academic experts and a former Oregon county judge to a federal judge’s order dismissing the government’s criminal charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and a fourth man […]

    New Grand Staircase-Escalante Proposal Would Further Harm the Region

    New Grand Staircase-Escalante Proposal Would Further Harm the Region

    By John Gilroy Just a day after President Donald Trump significantly diminished the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced legislation that would reduce the protections on this unique landscape even further. The Grand Staircase-Escalante Enhancement Act (H.R. 4558) mirrors President Trump’s proclamation by creating three smaller national monuments and one […]

    How Trump’s Dismemberment of Bears Ears Was Driven by Racism, Grave Robbery and Mormon Beliefs

    How Trump’s Dismemberment of Bears Ears Was Driven by Racism, Grave Robbery and Mormon Beliefs

    By John Dougherty President Trump‘s visit to Salt Lake City Monday to sign two orders slashing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments also included a meeting with Mormon religious leaders who shared “Church doctrine” with the president before he signed the controversial proclamations. Trump’s unprecedented, two-million-acre cut in public land protection […]

    ‘A Terrible Violation of America’s Public Lands and Heritage’: Lawsuit Targets Trump’s Slashing of Protections at Grand Staircase-Escalante

    ‘A Terrible Violation of America’s Public Lands and Heritage’: Lawsuit Targets Trump’s Slashing of Protections at Grand Staircase-Escalante

    Hours after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation taking an axe to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah on Monday, conservation organizations filed a lawsuit attacking the order as an abuse of the president’s power. Earthjustice is representing eight organizations in a suit charging that the president violated the 1906 Antiquities Act by stripping monument […]

    Trump to Gut Bears Ears by 85%, Grand Staircase-Escalante by 50% on Monday

    Trump to Gut Bears Ears by 85%, Grand Staircase-Escalante by 50% on Monday

    President Donald Trump is expected to order a significant downsizing of two national monuments in Utah next week, a move environmentalists have condemned as the “largest rollback of federal land protections ever.” According to leaked documents obtained by the Associated Press, the president plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and […]

    Trump to Launch Unprecedented Attack on National Monuments

    Trump to Launch Unprecedented Attack on National Monuments

    President Trump is poised to threaten more than 1 billion acres of national monument protection in a devastating and unprecedented attack on America’s public lands and oceans. Trump is expected to issue an executive order April 26 calling for a review of every national monument that’s been protected by presidential proclamation since 1996. His goal […]