Rep. Joel Briscoe on Public Lands and Bears Ears Designation

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: December 28, 2016
 
Contact:           Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                          Utah House Democratic Caucus
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Rep. Joel Briscoe on Public Lands and Bears Ears Designation
 
Salt Lake City - Representative Joel Briscoe, House Democratic Caucus Whip and member of the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, released the following statement after the announcement that President Obama had designated Bears Ears National Monument:
 
“This monument speaks to our core knowledge that this beautiful land was given to us to care for, learn from, and grow. Proposals to protect these sacred lands have been on the drawing board for 80 years. For decades, presidents, governors, state and local leaders have studied the best ways to protect these special places. We cannot ignore the deeply spiritual aspects of this land, its meaning to those who use it and love it, and its immeasurable worth to people now, and in the future. A monument like this is so much greater than all of us, than any political squabble. Creating the Bears Ears National Monument is the right thing to do, for Utah, for our country, and for our future.”