SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 31, August 1, 2019

BLM Issues Management Plan for Bears Ears National Monument

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a proposed management plan and final environmental impact statement for the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM). The management plan is subject to a 30-day public protest period.

President Obama established the BENM on December 28, 2016.  On December 4, 2017, President Trump reduced the size of the BENM by 85%, from about 1.4 million acres to 200,000 acres. The monument is co-managed by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, along with a coalition of five local Native American tribes. The proposed management plan includes limited use for off-highway vehicles in designated areas, with no land being designated as wilderness.

The BENM is still subject to court lawsuits challenging whether the Antiquities Act allows a president to reduce the size of a national monument. Although this has occurred in the past, the reduction has never been so dramatic. 

For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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