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.
southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com 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.
But this is Utah, where lawmakers are so angry with federal land policies that in 2012 they passed a law demanding that Washington hand over 31 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to the state…….