January 24, 2017

After celebrating the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument, Native American Utahns are looking to work with others to make the monument a success. Local tribal leaders who pushed for the region’s protection are urging county and state officials to support the monument.

These efforts come as Utah’s congressional delegation tries to nullify the Bears Ears National Monument, rather than work with stakeholders to ensure it succeeds.

Last week the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service announced their next steps to work with local communities to develop a management plan for the new monument. The agencies are expected to meet with Native American tribes and host a series of public open houses in February.

Quick hits

Billionaire landowners look to ease tensions with Idaho communities by selling land for trailhead, parking lot

Idaho Statesman

Opinion: Obama national monuments were lawful, not land grabs

Los Angeles Times

Senate Energy Committee postpones confirmation votes for Interior and Energy nominees

Reuters | NBC News

Trump, Wyoming battle against changing energy markets

Bloomberg Gadfly

Colorado sees highest rig count in over a year, unemployment claims down

Greeley Tribune

Quote of the day

“Native American citizens in San Juan County are ready to craft a future together in the place we have always called home, and we must ensure the next chapter is about healing. The Bears Ears National Monument can be a great thing for all Americans, but only if we realize its potential together.”

—Kenneth Maryboy, president-elect, Mexican Water Chapter House, Navajo Nation, Salt Lake Tribune

 

Written by on Monday, January 30th, 2017