Meet the Woman Who Knows Bears Ears Best

On Wednesday, Utah representative Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, advanced his National Monument Creation and Protection Act. Deceptively named, the legislation would actually gut the century-old Antiquities Act, which allowed the president to establish national monuments. Bishop’s extremely controversial proposal would also allow for the reduction of those already in existence, including Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. That monument, established by President Obama in December 2016, has become emblematic of a standoff between national conservationists and small-government/big business proponents. But during this time, Morgan Sjogren, a writer and nationally ranked trail-runner, has quietly been exploring its 1.35 million acres. At this point, it’s possible that she might know the area better than anyone living or dead.

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