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Zinke's Recommendations for Bears Ears

U.S. Department of the Interior, CC BY-SA 2.0
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (center, black hat) tours Bears Ears National Monument in May 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted a report to the White House over the weekend recommending Bears Ears National Monument be shrunk. While there are places there he thinks should be protected by the Antiquities Act, Zinke says the boundaries should be revised. He also suggests congress consider different conservation plans for the area, re-examine wilderness designations, and approve co-management by Native American tribes. Tuesday, we’re talking about what all this means for the future of Bears Ears.


  • Judy Fahys is a KUER News reporter covering environmental issues.
  • Brian Maffly is a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune covering public land and the environment.
  • Charles Wilkinson is the Moses Lasky Professor of Law at University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, where he specializes in federal public land law and Indian law.
  • Phil Lyman is the chairman of the San Juan County Commission.
  • John Ruple is an Associate Professor (Research) of Law at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment where he works on public lands and water resource management.

Read Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's 45-Day Interim Report on Bears Ears National Monument

CORRECTION: A previous photo accompanying this web post and included in a promotional email showed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke touring Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, not Bears Ears National Monument, as the caption claimed.

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