The Conservation Alliance, a Coalition of 270 Businesses, Thanks the Biden Administration for Restoring Monument Protections in Utah
The Conservation Alliance and its 270 member businesses in the outdoor recreation, craft brewing and beverage, finance, and clean energy industries, thank the Biden Administration for restoring national monuments in Utah. Specifically, the Alliance thanks the administration for attention to the concerns of the Tribal governments and the local coalitions who have worked so hard for so long to protect their homelands and sacred cultural sites.
For Conservation Alliance member companies, this is an issue of honoring commitments to Tribes, and it’s also one of legal precedents regarding land protections that directly impact American businesses. The outdoor recreation sector generates more than $887 billion annually and employs 7.6 million people, while the brewing industry produces $331 billion and 2 million jobs. Conservation Alliance member businesses depend on wild places, clean water, and livable communities to do business and create jobs. The administration’s reversal of unlawful restrictions on the original monument designations is the right decision for American businesses.
“We support the Biden Administration’s decision to restore protections to these areas, and we encourage the administration to continue working with Tribes and other interests on the ground to ensure that these protections are permanent and management of these lands is not dictated by changes in political winds,” said Brady Robinson, Executive Director at The Conservation Alliance. “This decision shows once again what the outdoor industry and related companies can help to accomplish when we align with the local Tribes and communities to make our voices heard.”
Since 2015, The Conservation Alliance has supported efforts to protect and defend Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante through grant funding to Friends of Cedar Mesa, Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, Utah Diné Bikeyah, Grant Canyon Trust, Access Fund, and Earthjustice. We encourage the press to contact local and indigionous-led organizations for questions and comments on this important decision.
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Grand Canyon Trust: