Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is coming to Bluff, Utah this Saturday for a "listening session" on the Bears Ears National Monument, which has been proposed by a coalition of Native American tribes and conservation groups. If designated, it would be the Obama administration's largest conservation effort and would protect the popular stretch of the San Juan River (Bluff to Clay Hills) from mining, drilling and new ATV routes. It would also protect 1.9 million acres of wild, archeologically-rich public land to the north of the river including Cedar Mesa, Indian Creek, the Abajo Mountains and White Canyon.
The catch? Many of the locals in San Juan County where I live are very opposed to a monument since it would make it harder to log, drill, mine, and build new roads in the wilderness. Anti-monument protesters are sure to turn out in force which is why we need as many rafters, backpackers, and pro-conservation folk to make sure Sally Jewell hears our voices.
Please make the trip down to Bluff on Saturday, July 16! Meeting starts at 11 am.
Info: Secretary Jewell in Bluff July 16 | Friends of Cedar Mesa