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Joint Statement: Admin. takes next step in sham process to shrink, destroy Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Ignoring Public Opposition and Legal Challenges, Department of Interior Releases Draft Management Plans

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New Additions to the National Conservation Lands: Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monuments

On December 28, 2016, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to permanently protect two new national monuments: Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, and Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada.

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Video: VWR Tip — Camp and Eat Outside of Sites

Camping, fires and food can damage the archaeological remains and also spoil the view for other visitors.

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Video: VWR Tip — Cover Hiking Pole Tips

Metal tips to hiking poles can scratch and scar rock art and change the natural look of a trail or archaeological site. A $6 rubber tip on your hiking pole can prevent damage to sites.

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Video: VWR Tip — Dogs Are Best Outside … of Sites

Keep pets leashed away from archaeology where they won’t dig, poop or cause erosion inside a site.

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Video: VWR Tip – Leave Grinding in the Past

Grinding grooves, grinding slicks, and other features of sites created by ancient people should be left alone. By pretending to be an ancient, you can easily damage these features and erase important scientific value.

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Video: VWR Tip — Teach Kids Respect

Archaeological sites are not playgrounds. Please teach children respect. Keep a close eye so kids don’t get hurt or accidentally damage the site.

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Video: VWR Tip — Historic Trash Isn’t Garbage

Historic artifacts older than 50 years are protected and should be left where you find them.

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Video: VWR Tip — Steer Clear of Walls

Historic and prehistoric structures can be easily damaged. Please refrain from touching, leaning, standing or climbing on any structures, no matter how solid they look.

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Video: VWR Tip — Avoid Building Cairns

Keep the landscape natural by leaving only footprints. Cairns can increase impacts on sensitive sites and are frequently constructed with artifacts like grinding or shrine stones.