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Press Release March 20, 2023

Conservation groups granted intervention to defend Utah national monuments

Tribes granted separate motion to intervene in December

Document March 20, 2023

Monuments Decision on Motion to Intervene

A Utah federal judge has granted a motion to intervene filed by conservation groups in defense of the Biden administration’s restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

The Procession Panel in Bears Ears National Monument is at least 1,000 years old.
(Photo courtesy of Marc Toso)
Update March 20, 2023

We’re in Court Defending Priceless National Monuments

Utah has filed a lawsuit that aims to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante and undermine the Antiquities Act – but we’re stepping in.

Press Release November 22, 2022

Conservation Groups Intervene To Protect Utah Monuments, Antiquities Act

Four Tribes intervened last week in lawsuits attacking Antiquities Act

Document November 22, 2022

Motion to Intervene – Utah Monuments Suit

Conservation groups filed a motion to intervene in two lawsuits challenging President Biden’s restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

Document November 22, 2022

Motion to Intervene – Dalton Monuments Suit

Conservation groups filed a motion to intervene in two lawsuits challenging President Biden’s restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

Press Release October 12, 2022

Earthjustice Statement on Proposed Mineral Withdrawal for Colorado’s Thompson Divide

Biden administration announces withdrawal as it designates Camp Hale a national monument

Document September 14, 2022

Center for Biological Diversity, et al. v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management, et al. – CV 21-2507-GW-ASx

The Court GRANTS the Motion for Voluntary Remand and vacates the rights-of-way in light of the Bureau of Land Management’s reconsideration of Cadiz’s application.

Press Release August 24, 2022

Conservation Groups Respond to Utah Lawsuit Challenging National Monuments Restoration

We will stand up to Utah’s challenge of President Biden’s Restoration of the Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears National Monument.
(Bob Wick / BLM)
feature October 8, 2021

National Monuments At Risk

And why we need to protect them.

Flora and fauna of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
(NOAA Okeanos Explorer)
feature October 8, 2021

What You Should Know About The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

How a deep-sea ecosystem will help build resilience to climate change, and how it was saved.

Paleontologist Scott Sampson poses with his favorite dinosaur, the 15-horned Kosmoceratops richardsoni.
(Courtesy of Utah Museum of Natural History)
feature October 8, 2021

Monumental Discoveries

Scientists are unearthing amazing dinosaurs in a national monument targeted by former President Trump.

A visitor looks at pictographs in Grand Gulch on Nov. 6, 2017. Grand Gulch is among the more than one million acres of wildlands and rare archaelogical sites that the presidential proclamation is attempting to eviscerate.
(Photo by Steven Gnam)
feature October 8, 2021

Defending Bears Ears

This national monument — and the more than one hundred others — are part of what make this land great.

Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument.
(Bob Wick / BLM)
Press Release: Victory October 8, 2021

Earthjustice Statement: President Biden Restores Protections to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons & Seamounts National Monuments

The proclamation reaffirms the country’s commitment to protecting treasured and sacred natural places

Valle de los Dioses (Valley of the Gods) en el Monumento Nacional Bears Ears
(BOB WICK / BLM)
Press Release: Victory October 8, 2021

Declaración de Earthjustice: Presidente Biden Restaura Protecciones a Monumentos Nacionales Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante y Northeast Canyons & Seamounts

Esta proclamación reafirma el compromiso del país de proteger lugares naturales sagrados y preciados

Indian Creek, within Bears Ears National Monument.
 (Bob Wick / BLM)
Update: Victory October 8, 2021

Victory: National Monuments Regain Protections

Millions of acres of land in Utah and marine area off the coast of New England have regained national monument status after the Trump administration tried to open them to extractive industries.

A Native American community member places a hand on the Red Road totem pole during a tour stop at Greater Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico.
(Wingspan Media & Te Maia Wiki)
Article July 31, 2021

Indigenous Heritage Sites Are at Risk of Destruction. Biden Can Change That.

A historic totem pole journey builds pressure on the Biden administration to fulfill promises made to the first peoples of America’s lands and waters.

In the News: E&E News June 15, 2021

Utah lawmakers want answers on Haaland's restoration plan

Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “The last administration acted unlawfully when it shrank the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, home to thousands of sacred Tribal cultural sites, and of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, which serves as refuge for countless marine species.”