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The Biden administration said in an advance statement, “The President’s protection of these three national monuments is among a series of steps the Administration has taken to restore protections to some of America’s most cherished lands and waters, many of which are sacred to Tribal Nations.”
President Biden aims to restore Bears Ears to its original size plus 11,200 acres incorporated during the Trump Administration. In total, Bear Ears will encompass 1.36 million acres.
Grand Staircase-Escalante will also have more than 800,000 acres restored, bringing it back to its original size of 1.87 million acres. Like Big Ears, the monument houses fossils of lizards, dinosaurs, fish, Indigenous cultural objects like petroglyphs and pictographs, and diverse wildlife.
On the East Coast, climate change and overfishing have threatened Northeast Canyons and Seamounts as protections were lifted during the Trump Administration. According to a White House press release, “Restoring the Monument’s conditions will restore its integrity, expand the opportunity for unique scientific study and exploration, and protect and preserve natural and cultural resources for all Americans.”
Thank you, President Biden and Vice President Harris, for upholding your commitment to restore Honmuru (the Bears Ears Monument), which is the birthplace of many Hopi and other Native peoples. Through this action, the history of our people, our culture, and religion will be preserved for future generations.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The earth is collapsing under Russia’s northeastern towns as global warming melts the permafrost beneath them. Permafrost occupies 65% of Russia’s landmass, making this massive thawing particularly destructive. “There isn’t a single settlement in Russia’s Arctic where you wouldn’t find a destroyed or deformed building,” said Alexey Maslakov, […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Heirs’ property is a type of land ownership whereby property is passed down without a will, and it’s one of the main reasons Black families in the US are losing their land. But the Mobile Basin Heirs’ Property Support Initiative announced yesterday could help families in Mississippi’s Mobile Bay […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest and most diverse protected area, spanning dunes and towering mountains and home to half of the country’s bird species. Now, the Jordanian government plans to mine the reserve for copper, Al Jazeera reports. The reserve is currently under consideration for status as […]
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