I married into a great family who cares about the earth and protecting it. My brother-in-law posted this really informative explanation about how he feels about the recent decision to reduce the two national monuments. I agree with it. #protectwildutah #protectourearth 🌎❤️
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I recently went to Bears Ears National monument, and was able to hike, and sightsee much of it. It is a beautiful part of our earth, and home to many Native American historical sights and lands. I believe all of this land should be protected, and cared for, just as the earth cares for us.
Here are some facts from @patagonia if you care to read them, on Bears Ears and what it means to shrink its size, and the size of any other National Park, monument, etc. “Shutting down a national monument, or any major portion of a national monument, could have a devastating impact on local economies and the multibillion-dollar outdoor recreation economy that America’s public lands and waterways support.
Public lands host 71 percent of climbers, 70 percent of hunters and 43 percent of paddlers in America, and they also contain nearly 200,000 miles of hiking trails and 13,000 miles of mountain biking trails.
Outdoor recreation is among America’s largest industries, contributing 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in annual consumer spending— far outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the oil and gas industry.
90 percent of U.S. public lands are open to oil and gas leasing and development; only 10 percent are protected for recreation, conservation and wildlife.
Over 7,500 approved drilling permits on federal land are undrilled and idled.
In 2015, oil companies produced 175 million barrels of crude oil from federal lands, up 60 percent from 2008.” -Patagonia.com #monumentalmistake