Our public lands are in danger. The Trump administration seems to believe these culturally rich pieces of land are commodities rather than treasures. Senator Martin Heinrich strongly disagrees. He showed his opinion of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s move to significantly reduce national monument designation for Bears Ears National Monument this week.
Read the whole statement here (excerpts below):
“I cannot help but think if Theodore Roosevelt were alive today he’d be deeply disappointed in Secretary Zinke’s actions. His recommendation to shrink Bears Ears National Monument is a direct affront to sovereign tribal nations and people throughout the region who worked tirelessly to protect their cultural heritage for future generations.
“Today’s announcement also sets the stage for additional attacks on all of America’s national parks and public lands, including New Mexico’s own Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments. It’s a page out of the playbook by a small contingent of special interests to dispose of America’s national forests, conservation lands, and open space. But the campaign to transfer or even sell off our shared lands should not be mistaken for the mainstream values of Westerners whose way of life depends on the region’s land and water.”
July 10th is designated as the date for which public comment period will end – an extension to July 10th was supported by Senator Heinrich and other members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in a statement issued to Zinke on May 10th. The future of Bears Ears National Monument hangs in the balance. We will keep you posted on developments as they come.