The CRIA Board supports the following call to action from National Trust For Historic Preservation…

As part of the Trump Administration’s review of national monuments created since 1996, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is seeking public input on the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Join us in speaking up for the 12,000 years of history written throughout this sacred landscape.

Bears Ears is home to an unparalleled collection of tens of thousands of cultural and archeological sites, from hunting camps, cliff dwellings, and prehistoric villages, to petroglyphs and pictographs from Native Americans dating back to the Ice Age. This cultural landscape holds the history and prehistory of our nation in a way books and classrooms cannot.

While Bears Ears may not have the name recognition of Arches, Zion, or Canyonlands National Parks, its resources are arguably just as amazing. Imagine if the government acted to remove protections from those beloved parks, leaving them vulnerable to fossil fuel extraction, looting, or overuse.

We have only a small window of time to influence the Administration’s thinking on Bears Ears. Please submit your comment by May 26 and help us send a strong message to the Department of the Interior: We must protect Bears Ears. To help you add your voice to the cause, we’ve created a sample message that you can customize with your own words.