Bears Ears

Bears Ears
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Native Americans are calling for the protection of the Bears Ears in Southeastern Utah as a national conservation area or national monument. The plan would allow for a diversity of uses and designations of the land, while directing resources towards priority management issues, such as cultural and natural resource protection. After identifying important cultural and biological areas, maps were combined to create the boundaries of the proposed 1.9 million acre Bears Ears National Conservation Area which includes wilderness designations and co-managed areas. Many tribal leaders have proposed this conservation region be set aside to protect traditional activities like collecting medicines, herbs, and cultural items, conducting ceremonies, as well as hunting and gathering firewood, and to protect sacred places, including Cedar Mesa, White Canyon, Dark Canyon, Nokai Dome, Abajo Peak, Ruin Park, the San Juan River, and Comb Ridge. The region also contains some of our country's richest archaeological sites and continues to serve as a pilgrimage site for many tribal members. Learn more: