Businesses across Colorado have penned their support of public lands in a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
Monday was the last day to comment on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s review of 27 national monuments.
A range of Roaring Fork Valley businesses, including outfitters, a bank and a liquor store, signed on, saying Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients and Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante were of particular concern.
Last month, Zinke recommended shrinking Bears Ears, a national monument that President Obama designated under the Antiquities Act. The letter from Colorado businesses asks Zinke to reconsider.
A final decision is expected in August.