Wednesday, September 19, 2018
World-class fossils about to be lost! Tell the Dept. of Interior to defend the scientific resources at Grand Staircase-Escalante
Speak up for science in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
"Loss of significant specimens could occur”—that’s what the Department of the Interior says about its preferred plans for managing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, home to some of the most significant fossil resources on earth. In short, the Trump administration knows it’s destroying the things that make this monument worth saving in the first place.
We need to speak out against Trump’s unlawful attack and the agency plans that are being used to carry it out. Please defend the world-class scientific resources of Grand Staircase-Escalante today.
There are estimated to be more than 3,000 "scientifically important" fossil sites in the full Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. When Trump illegally cut it in half last year, he left out more than 400 of them, including many potential dinosaur finds. The new plans from Interior expose many of the remaining fossil beds to damage and looting. The plans also invite drilling and mining in virtually all of the land Trump un-protected.
In addition to attacking public lands, these new plans are another statement of the Trump administration’s belief that science is something to be suppressed and obstructed. Please ask Interior to reverse course, before Grand Staircase-Escalante loses its fossil treasures.
- The Wilderness Society