We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The designation ensured not only the permanent protection of the place, but also of the historic uses of hunting, fishing, gathering, and grazing. The land belonged to all Americans before the proclamation, and continued to do so after. Access remained.
Those who tell you monument designations are “land grabs” are either uneducated, or full of
shit. The truth is, monuments are protections put onto existing public lands to preserve the lands as they are and keep them available for public use.
Those who claim “lost access” are either too lazy to get out of their car when the road ends and walk, or full of
shit. The truth is, monuments remain open to hunting, fishing and public access.
Those who tell you that sportsmen – or the American public as a whole – benefit from the dismantling of national monuments are either deliberately misleading you, or full of
shit. The truth is, the only reason to dismantle monument protections is to allow those public lands to be drilled, mined, or sold.
I read the proclamation on Bears Ears and Staircase Escalante released this yesterday. If you cut through the bullshit, just skip past all the “whereas,” right down the to “now therefore shall it be resolved” section, you’ll see the meat of the thing.
“…the public lands excluded from the monument reservation shall be open to:
(2) disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing; and
(3) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws…”
They are trying to take Bears Ears and Staircase, so don’t think they won’t come for your places too.