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This weekend, I’m on a family trip with my nieces and nephew. When I was growing up, my older family members would always take me and my siblings on the most exhilirating outdoor adventure trips. And now that I’m getting to be older, I felt it was my duty to keep the tradition alive. I decided to take the crew deep into the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument to show them a real adventure. To go someplace where roads aren’t named and trails have no markers. I wanted them to see that when we work together, we can not only survive, but we can thrive in wild places so they would go home with a sense of independence, self-sufficiency and freedom. After a long day of exploring a canyon far away from cell towers or paved roads, we got back to hear the news that President Trump wants to shrink this monument and Grand Staircase-Escalate, a move that is both unprecedented and illegal. These places are national treasures. Bears Ears is significant not only for Utahns, but for all the people of the world, and if it were located anywhere else, it would have been permanently protected a long time ago. It is our shared human heritage. President Trump, you are not representing the interests of the American people or our values. You are on the wrong side of history. We continue to #standwithbearsears

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