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Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears, UT  Photo:  Josh Ewing
Bears Ears, UT Photo: Josh Ewing

2016 Success

Grantee:  Friends of Cedar Mesa, Utah Dine Bikeyah, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Result: 1,350,000 acres protected

President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument, permanently protecting 1,350,000 acres of public land in southeastern Utah. The Bears Ears landscape is home to thousands of Native American cultural sites, which inspired a coalition of tribes to band together to push for the designation. The region also boasts world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, canyoneering, whitewater paddling, and skiing. By designating the Bears Ears National Monument, President Obama preserves a place where outdoor enthusiasts have the opportunity to respectfully explore a protected landscape where past and present intersect.