SVP COMMENTS ON BEARS EARS AND GRAND-STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENTS

May 26, 2017

As announced in the SVP's May 22 post, the public comment period to respond to U.S. President Trump's Executive Order 13792, that mandates a review of the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monuments in Utah, ended on May 26. On May 25, SVP submitted a comment letter to call for protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites in areas designated as Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monuments. You can view the SVP's letter HERE.

There are 19 other national monuments reviewed under the executive order, some of which yield scientifically significant vertebrate fossils. SVP plans to submit another comment letter concerning those national monuments by the July 10 deadline (see https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001. We encourage SVP members to also submit comments separately online via http://www.regulations.gov by entering "DOI-2017-0002".