A Carbondale-based conservation group is urging Roaring Fork Valley residents to get involved in the battle likely to be triggered next week when President Trump shrinks two national monuments in Utah.

Wilderness Workshop is co-hosting “A Monumental Evening” that executive director Sloan Shoemaker said is designed to educate people about the issues, inspire them to take action and empower them to get involved.

Both national monuments in southeastern Utah are popular with Roaring Fork Valley desert rats and a day’s drive from Aspen. Both areas are famous for slot canyons, Anasazi ruins and rock art, spectacular scenery and hikes through varied terrain.

“Grand Staircase and Bears Ears are places that we all go to,” Shoemaker said.

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