Why Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante Is Our Future

When was the last time you enjoyed public lands? Yesterday? A week ago? Last year? I'm fortunate enough to live in a state surrounded by national parks and public lands. The great outdoors is my backyard. At least once a week my time is spent in nature. 

While delayed to respond, I am deeply moved by the lack of thought and ignorant action our president displayed regarding our nation's public lands. I cannot fathom a world without national parks. I cannot entertain the thought of not having wild land to explore and connect with. I simply do not accept our president pushing toward reducing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. As a citizen of these United States I am disappointed. As a human with Apache blood running through my veins, I am incandescently dissatisfied with how poorly our land is being cared for. 

Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante is our future. 

If we submit and turn a blind eye to the reduction of two monument public lands, we demonstrate taking away our nature is acceptable. Until Monday, December 4, 2017 how many people have heard of Grand-Staircase Escalante or Bears Ears? A handful, perhaps? Now it's a national buzzword and nature enthusiasts (like myself) are clawing at the proposal, hoping it to find loop holes. If land that may not be on everyone's radar can be ripped from us, can you imagine a larger National Park being chewed up, spit out, and left as scraps? 

50 years from now, if the trend of reducing the size of public lands continues, what is left for our children? What is left for the free-spirited, the wanderer, the soul-searcher? How about our trees and wildlife? The outdoors isn't ours for the keeping. It's our gift to future generations. 

Please stand with me and other organizations in fighting to take back and keep our land public. Kindly remove your tiny hands from our public lands, POTUS.