Two Roaring Fork Valley environmental groups are joining the battle to preserve national monuments in southwestern Colorado, Utah’s spectacular red rock country and across the West.
Aspen-based EcoFlight and Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop are working to prevent the Trump administration from eliminating or altering boundaries of monuments.
President Trump signed an executive order April 26 directing the U.S. Department of Interior to start the reviews. The agency on Friday identified the 21 national monuments and five Marine National Monuments that will be scrutinized. They include the Canyons of the Ancients in southwest Colorado, and Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in southeastern Utah.
Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, said those monuments and others are iconic landscapes that are heavily visited by residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. That prompted the organization to send out a recent alert to members urging them to make sure their voice is heard by the Trump administration.