Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Statement

Earlier this week, President Trump announced that two million acres would be removed from two national monuments in Utah. Bears Ears will be reduced by over 80 percent and nearly half of Grand Staircase-Escalante will be eliminated.

Travis Audubon opposes this decision and the negative impact it will have on birds and other wildlife. The decision opens the door to oil and gas drilling, coal and uranium mining, and logging that will forever change the beauty of these natural sites

Bear Ears contains the largest contiguous important habitat for the Mexican Spotted Owl. This owl’s preference for old growth forests makes it an “indicator species.” This means that the presence of a Mexican Spotted Owl can reveal useful information to scientists studying the overall health of its habitat.

Bears Ears also provides critical habitat for Golden Eagles, Hairy Woodpeckers, Mountain Bluebirds, and many other species. More than 200 bird species can be found in Grand Staircase-Escalante, including the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and California Condor.

Please contact your elected officials today and ask them to protect the integrity of these two fragile national monuments.

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