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Help save Bears Ears and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments! Comment by midnight on Thursday, May 25th!

Your. Voice. Matters. Click HERE to make it heard.

Tell the Interior Department that you support Canyons of the Ancients and Bears Ears National Monuments, and to leave them unchanged!

(Throughout the life of our organization, DRBA has focused on the Dolores River through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships. While we will continue these great programs, we are now building on the foundation we have created to work towards the long term protection of the Dolores River corridor, and we are expanding our advocacy as part of a broader coalition of groups with the common goal of ensuring that important protected landscapes remain that way.  Let’s all work together to ensure that attacks on all of our public lands will not stand.)

On April 26, President Trump signed an Executive Order to review the designation of national monuments. The Department of the Interior (DOI) has set up a public comment process for the National Monuments targeted by Trump’s Executive Order. The Department recently issued a list of 27 Monuments under review. In Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients NM made the list, and the nearby Bears Ears NM is first on the chopping block. We must make it clear that there’s overwhelming support for Canyons of the Ancients, Bears Ears, and other monuments that we treasure and visit.

Click HERE to make a comment to the Interior Department by May 25th!

What you should know:

  • The comment period opened May 11th. Comments on Bears Ears NM will only be accepted through May 25th!
  • Comments on all other Monuments will be accepted until July 10th.
  • The Interior Dept. will count comments based on mentions BY NAME. It’s critical to state the name of the Monuments you’re commenting on.
  • DOI information on the review process: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal
  • We need to get our comments in NOW – each person can only comment ONCE, so your comments need to include Canyons of the Ancients, Bears Ears, and any other Monuments you care about!!

Attacks on National Monuments are an attack on our public lands: Since the Antiquities Act was signed by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906, presidents of both parties have used it many times to protect areas of national, historic, and archaeological significance across the nation. It’s a critical tool to have when Congress is unable or unwilling to enact public land protection legislation. That’s why it’s under attack – make no mistake, the Trump Executive Order and bills to undermine the Antiquities Act are part of a larger effort to gut ALL kinds of public lands protections.

Colorado has eight National Monuments, including the recently designated Chimney Rock and Brown’s Canyon NM. It’s possible these two could come under future review, however the main target in Colorado is Canyons of the Ancients, an amazing trove of history, with the highest density of ancestral Puebloan sites in the nation.

Please share your comments with our congressional representatives – it’s critical that they see strong support for our monuments.

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