Bears Ears in Utah contains abundant rock art and is considered sacred land by Native Americans. Tribes in the Great Basin region have petitioned the federal government to protect this land which they use for religious ceremonies, gathering handicraft materials, and collecting medicinal herbs and plants. The spectacular landscape [photo courtesy Inter-Tribal Coalition] is a perpetual reminder of America's precious natural beauty and fragile wild habitat that is slowly disappearing under the bulldozer and concrete. Its 1.35 million acres adjoins Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon Recreational Area, thus providing a refuge for both large mammals and humans to roam.
[photo courtesy Friends of Nevada Wilderness] Impressive red sandstone canyons, cliffs and timbered mountains are home to the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise, about an hour drive from Las Vegas. Monument designation does not lock the land away from all economic use, contrary to the right-wing's usual propaganda. Existing uses that do not harm protected resources are allowed, nor are existing gas, oil and mining rights affected.
|desert tortoise, credit C. Hensley|