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ICYMI: Durango TV 's piece on Canyons of the Ancients


It's protection of cultural resources on a landscape level is key to understanding the past and it has been critical to boosting tourism in the region. Despite extensive public input toward creating a balanced management plan that continues to allow livestock grazing, gas drilling and hunting, the Administration is considering rescinding the designation.

You can sign our petition to keep it fully protected here: sanjuancitizens.org/defend-canyons-ancients

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The Administration has suspended the Bureau of Land Management's citizen advisory boards, forum's for public input from diverse stakeholders, just as they are launching unprecedented attacks on our public lands.

There’s really no other open and ongoing forum for the public. Thank you to Senator Michael Bennet and other western senators for speaking out against this.

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It’s clear Zinke’s review is driven by ideology, and the frustration some feel toward recognizing new stakeholders – recreational visitors, ecologists and Native Americans. It’s about who controls the future of the American West, and whether the Lords of Yesterday, to use a phrase coined by western scholar Charles Wilkinson, continue to call the shots.

Time to hitch up our pants, roll up our sleeves and get back to the hard work of defending our cultural and natural heritage. Zinke and Trump have allotted 45 days to determine the fate of these national monuments (only 15 days for Bears Ears). Make your voice heard.
TAKE ACTION: www.sanjuancitizens.org/defend-canyons-ancients

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ZInke's one-sided listening tour in Utah, a painfully short public comment period and significant barriers for native communities to weigh in all support the notion that this administration has pre-determined the outcome and has created a process that lead to that outcome.

“Members of many of these tribes are my constituents. They must be provided with sufficient, culturally relevant opportunities to participate in the monument review process,” Heinrich said. “I ask that you extend the public comment period to 60 days, matching the comment periods for the other monuments under review, and hold a public meeting in the Bears Ears region to allow local communities to comment publicly.”

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Remember the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act that passed over two years ago now? We sure do!

Just wanted to give you a heads up that the Forest Service will soon be releasing a Draft of the Management Plan for that 37,200 acres of Wilderness and 76,600 acres of Special Management Area (SMA). We'll be scrutinizing it and letting folks know when and how to comment on it. Stay tuned!
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TAKE ACTION: Defend Canyons of the Ancients National Monument!

Canyons of the Ancients is one of dozens of National Monuments targeted by the administration. We must demonstrate overwhelming support for it to remain FULLY PROTECTED. Please sign our petition and add a personalized comment about why you value this extraordinary landscape. Then SHARE.

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Throwback Thursday to former SJCA employee Amber Clark bringing to light irresponsible drilling in Canyons of the Ancients back in 2006.

Eleven years later, the national monument, its high density of archaeological sites, crucial habitat and variety of wildlife, is again being threatened. This time from the very agency tasked with protecting our most sacred landscapes. We're still here and we're circling back to again protect this gem of a landscape in our own backyard.
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“Are we going to stand up and defend these types of protections?” he asked.

“It’s frustrating – obviously – to feel like we have to go back to square one,” said Mark Pearson, who recently returned to take the helm as executive director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance. “We would have hoped 20 years ago this landscape would have achieved a level of permanent protection.”

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Celebrate our public lands here in Colorado THIS Saturday at Powerhouse Science Center with live music, food and a special edition beer from the Bootleggers Society.

Bring your dancing shoes and lets show the world just how much we love our Public Lands!

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Tomorrow morning LPEA Board of Directors will be meeting to elect officers to the executive committee as well as LPEA representatives to partners such as Tri-State, Colorado Rural and Electric Association (CREA) and the Round-Up Program.

Please show up and let the board know diversity is important in leadership and you want to see a variety of perspectives leading and representing LPEA.

Details: 9 am at LPEA Durango Headquarters (45 Stewart Street in Bodo Park)
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