Blanding, Utah – Jami Bayles, President of Stewards of San Juan County released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for a review of all National Monuments created in the last 21 years, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.
“Designating the Bears Ears National Monument without a robust consultation with the stakeholders who actually live in San Juan County was an abuse of power. The Stewards of San Juan County stand behind our city, county, and the entire Utah congressional delegation and strongly support President Trump’s order to review the gross misuse of the Antiquities Act. We believe this review will reveal that the Bears Ears National Monument designation was an unwarranted and abusive use of the Antiquities Act, and we are hopeful that it will be rescinded.
A National Monument should be an honor to an area, not a punishment forced on by a President from over 3000 miles away. This monument was designated in order to appease outside special interest groups, and the voices of life-long residents and local tribal members who have loved and cared for this land the most were blatantly ignored. Bears Ears National Monument was done TO us, not WITH us, and we deserve to have our voices heard. We look forward to having this long overdue conversation with Secretary Zinke upon his arrival to San Juan County.”