Boulder’s Access Fund joins Patagonia, others in suing Trump administration over Bears Ears cut

Boulder’s Access Fund joins Patagonia, others in suing Trump administration over Bears Ears cut

Boulder-based climbing advocacy organization Access Fund, along with Patagonia and several other groups, sued the Trump administration late Wednesday for what they alleged is the “unlawful dismemberment” of the Bears Ears National Monument.


The president moved on Monday to shrink that monument by 85 percent and cut another, Grand Staircase-Escalante, by about half. Both are in Utah, and the two reductions represent a historic action by the administration that is already setting forth major legal battles — Access Fund’s suit included.


Monday’s announcement could open other preserved public lands in the United States up to similar cuts, potentially followed by gas extraction and coal mining, among other uses.



Access Fund and Patagonia are joined by co-plaintiffs Utah Diné Bikéyah, Friends of Cedar Mesa, Archaeology Southwest, Conservation Lands Foundation, the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Brady Robinson, executive director of Access Fund, said his organization is concerned by cuts to both monuments, but is focusing its suit on Bears Ears because it is “one of the most iconic climbing areas and landscapes in the world.”


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