On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, the Sierra Club, Central NJ Section, is sponsoring an important lecture on challenges to our national monuments. Travis Hammill of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Deb Young of the Sierra Club will discuss efforts by the Trump Administration to reduce boundaries of National Monuments. The lecture will focus on Bear’s Ears. The presentation will include photographs of the area and background on it’s location, geology and history.
Bear’s Ears became a national monument under the Obama Administration but was well in the works long before then because of conservation issues. These included the impacts of previous and current mining activities and the increasing illegal removal of Native American artifacts and their sale in the open market. Bear’s Ears has been rated to be as important as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks – in terms of its beauty, ecology, rock formations, native American historic sites and artifacts. The dynamics of different interests with differing goals for Bear’s Ears are stacking up as conservation, preservation and tourism, and their associated jobs, against the potential for possible shale oil production and the development of minerals (available elsewhere), and their associated jobs.
The event begins with pizza at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.. The event is at Mercer County Community College, Administration Building, Room AD234a (second floor). Easy parking close to the building. From the Hughes Drive Campus Entrance, parking is straight ahead at the Student Center. The security arm to parking will be up. Short walk through Student Center (aka Welcome Center), follow Sierra signs, cross small Quad to the Admin Building. Sponsored by the Sierra Club’s NJ Central Group. Please RSVP to: Kipatthesierraclub@gmail.com. Students welcome. Free.