Conservation groups say a new monument here in the red-rock deserts would protect 1.9 million acres of culturally significant land from new mining and drilling.

bears-ears-buttes-from-cedar-mesa (1) Bears Ears Buttes from Cedar Mesa

As Written By Jack Healy, The New York times:

Today, the land known as Bears Ears — named for twin buttes that jut out over the horizon — has become something else altogether: a battleground in the fight over how much power Washington exerts over federally controlled Western landscapes.


Remote Utah Enclave Becomes New Battleground Over Reach of U.S. Control – The New York Times