Hi @Instagram—@CarolineGleich here! As a professional outdoor adventurer from Salt Lake City, Utah, I’m overjoyed with the news that #BearsEars in Southeastern Utah finally received the permanent protection it deserves. The National Monument designation will preserve the cultural resources and the incredible wilderness experience for future generations, and will protect the land from threats from looting, mining and other natural resource extraction.
Like many people, I feel a deep emotional connection to the #BearsEars area. There’s nowhere else like it on earth. It’s where I go to find a sense of belonging. It’s not just climbers and outdoor people who flock there—Native Americans continue to use Bears Ears today to conduct ceremonies, hunt and gather herbs and medicines.
Bears Ears National Monument connects us to our past, present and future, and I’m so grateful President Obama listened to the voices of the people—the climbers, the outdoor recreation community, but most importantly, the tribes, who the land is sacred to—and made this designation. : @rob.lea