President Trump Announces Largest Reduction to Public Lands’ Protection in American History

Since his announcement, more than 2,500 individuals have sent 7,500 emails to nearly 500 elected officials. Keep the campaign going strong.

By Amy Roberts December 4, 2017

President Trump traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, earlier this week and announced reduction and fracturing of Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80 percent, from 1.35 million acres to around 220,000 acres, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by roughly 45 percent, from nearly 1.9 million acres to just over 1 million acres. In total, more than two million acres of public lands will lose protection, the largest attack on public lands in American history.

Since his announcement, more than 2,500 individuals have sent 7,500 emails to nearly 500 elected officials. Keep the campaign going strong. Let your elected officials know that you oppose this decision. 

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) opposes this action and released the following statement:

 “Outdoor Industry Association and the outdoor industry view the announcement by President Trump as detrimental to the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy and the 7.6 million American jobs it supports. This decision is part of a long pattern of attacks against public lands and will harm hundreds of local Utah communities and businesses, will stifle millions of dollars in annual economic activity and threatens thousands of jobs in the region. 

 “Outdoor Industry Association will continue to educate the industry and all Americans about President Trump’s assault on our industry and our nation’s public lands, and we will continue to support the members of Congress who defend both and who understand the importance of the outdoor recreation economy to local communities.”

This decision ignores the support of monuments by the American people, the outdoor industry and the following facts:

  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has a clearly demonstrable and proven recreation economy that developed because of its national monument status.
  • More than 360 executives who lead outdoor recreation companies which create jobs in communities across America, including in rural communities that President Trump promised to support during his campaign, oppose this action. 
  • Over 3 million Americans wrote the administration in support of the preservation of America’s public lands.

Please let your representatives in Congress know what you think of the president’s decision.

 Thank you for everything you do to help protect our public lands.