Since getting into photography and really learning to appreciate the natural beauty that our lands have to offer, I really wanted to make it out west to see the gorgeous landscapes of Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and California. I think I may have slept on that wish a little too long.

“The boundary of Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.35 million-acre landscape named after a pair of buttes and home to thousands of Native American archaeological and cultural sites, will shrink by about 85 percent. The 1.87 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the largest land national monument in the country, will be cut roughly in half.” – Chris D’Angelo, Huffington Post

I’m trying to see the other side of this argument but I just don’t understand. Why would there be an issue with just leaving the national monument boundaries where they are? What about this land requires the kind of reduction that our President is asking for?

Its reported that the reduction is going to turn Utah into a massive land grab for oil drillers, frackers, and developers.

There is a lot of history in those mountains and valleys. Works of art shaped by nature over a very long period of time. Once that beauty is destroyed, its gone. Maybe, like global warming, its “fake news” and this isn’t really happening.

Nothing like a beautiful sunset of a majestic mountain range, with an oil rig drilling in the foreground. Top notch, Mr. President.


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