The new BLM plan for Bears Ears weakens protections even for the land that remains in the monument, failing to protect important sites from threats like ATV use, looting, vandalism, and damage from target shooting,” said Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., in a statement Friday.
Perhaps the biggest issue relates to chaining, which will still be allowed under the stipulations of the plan. Chaining involves two motorized vehicles dragging a heavy chain in order to uproot trees and large brush. Proponents say the process helps protect against wildfires.
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