In 2016, President Barrack Obama declared the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument, without local input and against wishes of local residents. In 2017, with input from local residents and elected county, city and state officials, President Donald Trump reduced the size of the Bears Ears Monument to 201,876 acres. Now, the newly elected San Juan County Commissioners (Excluding Bruce Adams who has voted against resolutions to support a monument increase) have passed several resolutions, speaking as the voice for San Juan County, not only to support increasing the size of Bears Ears back to the original 1.35 million acres; They also support H.R. 871, which if passed would increase the Monument to 1.9 million acres. We as citizens of San Juan County do not agree with these resolutions or our County Commissioners Kenneth Maryboy and Willie Greyeyes and therefore, we must speak with our own voices.
We, the undersigned concerned citizens of San Juan County, who want to protect our lands, but disagree increasing the size of a National Monument is the way to do this, urge our leaders to revoke their resolution in support of any increase to Bears Ears National Monuments.
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