The Fight Is On: Stand With Bears Ears

Access Fund is taking a legal stand against President Trump’s proclamation that orders a drastic reduction of Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah, as it would significantly impact world-renowned rock climbing.

This fight is about more than just protecting the incredible climbing at Bears Ears. Nearly 60% of our climbing areas are on federal public lands, and this proclamation threatens the very foundation of our public lands system. Bears Ears is a crucial battle in the greater fight for America’s public lands. Learn the facts.

President Trump does not have the legal authority to revoke or modify a National Monument, and Access Fund will fight this in court.

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How will climbing at Bears Ears be affected?

If this proclamation stands, the impacts to climbing would be far-reaching:

  • About 40% of the climbing areas within Bears Ears National Monument would lose their national monument status, including Valley of the Gods, Harts Draw, Lockhart Basin and a portion of the climbing at Indian Creek (see map).
  • Many sites would be opened up to oil and gas leasing, including areas under and abutting the world-class climbing at Indian Creek. The two new, much smaller monument units that the Trump Administration is attempting to establish are explicitly drawn to allow oil and gas development opportunities (see map).
  • Climbing will lose its acknowledged status as a valued and appropriate activity. Access Fund spent hundreds of hours of targeted advocacy to get “rock climbing” included in the original Bears Ears National Monument proclamation as a valued and appropriate activity. This acknowledgement secured climbers a seat at the table and solid footing during decision making processes that affect management of the national monument. No such acknowledgement exists in Trump's new proclamation, meaning land managers don’t need to consider climbers’ interests.
  • The climbing experience will be compromised. Bears Ears offers a climbing experience unlike any other. Climbers deeply appreciate the experience of climbing in an undeveloped landscape that affords incredible opportunities to enjoy a unique cultural and historical story. This presidential proclamation attempts to dismantle the landscape-scale protections that preserve this incredibly unique region, rich in cultural and natural resources.
  • A dangerous precedent will be set. This fight is about more than just protecting the incredible climbing at Bears Ears. Nearly 60% of our climbing areas are on federal public lands, and if this presidential proclamation stands, it threatens the very foundation of our public lands system. Bears Ears is a crucial battle in the greater fight for America’s public lands.

Whether you live and climb in Utah or on the other side of the country, this fight affects everyone who climbs on our public lands. Stand with us today. Get more details on the lawsuit and check out our frequently asked questions related to our legal stand.

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Hear Executive Director, Brady Robinson, explain Access Fund's decision to take a legal stand to protect Bears Ears National Monument.