The Nature Conservancy Stands by Its Position That National Monuments Should Remain Unchanged

ARLINGTON, VA. | November 28, 2017

The Nature Conservancy released the following statement from President and Chief Executive Officer Mark R. Tercek regarding next week’s anticipated announcement from President Donald Trump regarding the shrinking of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah:

“We understand that the Administration will soon announce whether it will shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. As The Nature Conservancy has stated consistently over the past year, we do not support modifying any national monument designations. We have always said that Bears Ears National Monument, in particular, should remain as is, and we do not support any changes that the Administration recommends.

“As the largest private landowner in Bears Ears National Monument, The Nature Conservancy believes that a national monument designation is the current best option for protecting the natural and cultural resources of the Bears Ears region. Bears Ears National Monument was established after Congress failed to protect the area through legislative means. It is now time to move forward to develop and implement the management plan called for by the original Bears Ears proclamation. This path forward serves the best interests of this resource and the nation.

“In Utah and across the country, national monuments conserve wildlife habitat, boost local economies, provide recreation opportunities and improve the health and well-being of the American people. Our communities depend on healthy lands and waters, and national monument designations are an important tool for protecting America’s significant natural areas and cultural resources.”

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Kathryn Bomey
U.S. Policy Communications Manager
(703) 841-5985


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