What the media gets wrong about Bears Ears National Monument

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“I have no problem with protection of sensitive areas in the county that in especially those involved cultural resources. My only problem is Bears Ears was a monument placed over land— had 11 protections by BLM and forest service before the monument was ever placed there. So I think it was a misuse of the Antiquities Act to make such a big monument and protect things that really did not need protection such as sagebrush, Juniper, rabbits, squirrels, coyotes. All of these things really didn’t need that kind of protection, yet, a national monument. Using the Antiquities Act says unique things need to be protected with the smallest amount of land possible to offer the protection. You’re protecting … almost 1.4 million acres. And there isn’t that many unique things that were not already protected. So I’m a little bit concerned with what the federal government is trying to do.” — San Juan County, UT Commissioner Bruce Adams

In Episode 311 of District of Conservation, Gabriella publishes her interview with Bruce Adams, a long-serving San Juan County, UT commissioner. Commissioner Adams discusses his background, service to the commission, his involvement in Bears Ears National Monument, and shares what he loves most about his county and its outdoor offerings. Tune in!

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  • Gabriella Hoffman

    Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at www.gabriellahoffman.com

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