October 18, 2021

Dear President Biden, Secretary Haaland, Secretary Raimondo, Secretary Vilsack, Chair Mallory, Ms. Gina McCarthy, and Administrator  Spinrad.

On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the millions of members and supporters we collectively represent, we enthusiastically thank you for your actions restoring full protections to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine national monuments.

By acting to protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, you honor the sacred landscape home to Indigenous Peoples, including the Paiute, Hopi, Zuni, Diné/Navajo, Ute, Acoma, and Jemez Pueblos, andUte Mountain Ute.

Because of your actions, we can rest assured that these irreplaceable national monuments will exist for generations to come. Thank you.

All three of these monuments protect biodiversity and critical habitat and we hope that last week’s proclamations will be precursors to future actions in pursuit of the administration’s goal of protecting ‘America the Beautiful.’ In his address, the President mentioned the Tongass National Forest, Bristol Bay, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Our old-growth forests and many other special, sacred and important places must be permanently protected from development if we are to achieve our shared goal of protecting 30 percent of our lands and waters to combat the climate crisis, preserve biodiversity, and address inequitable access to nature.

We also look forward to Bears Ears National Monument serving as a new model of collaborative management between Tribes, state and federal land agencies. The traditional knowledge and place-based conservation strategies of Tribal communities should play a significant role in shaping efforts to conserve and plan for a resilient future for this landscape that we all hold dear.

We are thankful to have leaders like you working to protect our lands and waters.


Alaska Wilderness League
Archaeology Southwest
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Brown Girl Surf
California Environmental Voters
California Institute for Biodiversity
Californians for Western Wilderness
Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Coalition to Protect America's National Parks
Connecticut Clean Water Action
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
Connecticut Ornithological Association
Conservation Colorado
Conservation Council For Hawaii
Conservation Lands Foundation
Conservation Minnesota
Conservation Voters of Idaho
Conservation Voters of PA
Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Creation Justice Ministries
Defenders of Wildlife
Dolores River Boating Advocates
Earth Ethics, Inc.
EarthEcho International
EarthKeepers 360
Endangered Species Coalition
Environment America
Environment California
Environment Colorado
Environment Connecticut
Environment Georgia
Environment Illinois
Environment Maine
Environment Maryland
Environment Massachusetts
Environment New Jersey
Environment North Carolina
Environment Oregon
Environment Texas
Environment Virginia
Environment Washington
Environmental League of MA
Florida Conservation Voters
Friends of Animals
Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks
Friends of Plumas Wilderness, Quincy, CA
Friends of the Earth
Grand Canyon Trust
Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Greenpeace USA
Gundalow Company
Healthy Ocean Coalition
HG Conservation Solutions
Hispanic Access Foundation
Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO)
Illinois Environmental Council
Inland Ocean Coalition
Interfaith Power & Light
International Marine Mammal Project of Earth
Island Institute
Kentucky Conservation Committee
League of Conservation Voters
LEGACY-The Landscape Connection Maine Audubon
Maine Conservation.org
Marine Conservation Institute
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Mission Blue
Mojave Desert Land Trust
Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund
Mystic Aquarium
Nassau Hiking & Outdoor Club
National Aquarium
National Ocean Protection Coalition
National Parks Conservation Association
Native Movement
Native Voters Alliance
Nature for All
NC League of Conservation Voters
Nevada Conservation League
Nevada Natural Resources Defense Council
New England Aquarium
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters
New Mexico Wild
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
New York League of Conservation Voters
NH Audubon
Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Nuestra Tierra
Ocean Conservation Research
Ocean Defense Initiative
Ocean River Institute
Ohio Environmental Council
Only One
Open Space Institute
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Oregon Wild
Oregonians For Wild Utah
Pennsylvania Presbyterians for Earth Care
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Rachel Carson Council
REI Co-op
Resource Renewal Institute
Restore America's Estuaries
Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
Roger Williams Park Zoo
San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council
Save Massachusetts Forests
Save Our Shores
Save the Sound
Seacoast Science Center
Seattle Aquarium
Seeding Sovereignty
Sheep Mountain Alliance
Sierra Club
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
South San Juan
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Standing Trees Vermont
Surfrider Foundation
The Chaparral Lands Conservancy
The Mountain Pact
The Ocean Project
The Student PIRGs
The Trust for Public Land
The Wilderness Society
TwoRivers Action Coalition
Vet Voice Foundation
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Waitt Foundation
Waitt Institute
Washington Conservation Voters
Washington Environmental Council
Washington Friends of Wild Utah
Western Colorado Alliance
Western Slope Conservation Center
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Wild Montana
Wisconsin Conservation Voters
Wisconsin Environment
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
Zoo New England: Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo