Tag: land grab
It is heartbreaking to think of what the land will come to if this monument takes place, the access and the resources that will be stripped from those who love the land most.
The Bears Ears actual area sits in roughly two square miles. That’s about .0006 percent of the proposed monument. How the designation of calling it Bears Ears National Monument came to be is incomprehensible.
“The whole tone of it seems like the tribes are generally being used as pawns for the environmental groups to get what they really want,” Clarke said. “They are being played. It is somewhat insulting.”
It turns out the Outdoor Industry was surprised when residents of San Juan County, who oppose the monument, showed up to express their opposition.
This monument will prohibit and limit the use of this land by native Americans in San Juan County and other local residents.
A monument supporter said, “This is a coalition of the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, Wilderness Alliance. They brought in a bus from Flagstaff, from Durango, from Moab.”
Witnesses highlighted examples of flagrant intimidation met by citizens who refuse to surrender their constitutional rights, land and water rights, grazing permits and other multiple-use benefits.
“We want Gov. Hickenlooper to take the message to our Washington landlords that throwing people off public lands, by closing-off access routes, directly threatens our Western economy and culture. The agency doesn’t appear to have gotten that message through the normal public process.”
Monument-backers know Browns Canyon has been managed since 1980 as a wilderness study area. That’s just about the highest level of protection a piece of federal land can get.
The BLM, in concert with other agencies such as the National Park Service and Forest Service, plans to shut off roughly 1/10 of open American lands to human activity.