Bear Ears Education Center opens in Bluff

By Amy Brunvand

If the federal government won’t protect Bears Ears, local citizens will have to do it themselves. On September 22 Friends of Cedar Mesa held the grand opening of a new Bears Ears Education Center in Bluff, Utah.

After President Trump downsized Bears Ears National Monument, tourists started arriving in droves to see what the fuss is about. With no coherent management plan or visitor education, the visitors are trampling the fragile desert and damaging archaeological site. Friends of Cedar Mesa decided to take matters into their own hands. They raised money through crowdsourcing to purchase the old Silver Dollar bar and converted it into a visitor center.

You can donate to the Center on the Friends of Cedar Mesa website.

Friends of Cedar Mesa: friendsofcedarmesa.org

This article was originally published on October 8, 2018.