The Case for Preserving Bears Ears

Ethics, Policy and Environment 21 (1):48-51 (2018)
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In December of 2017, President Trump reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Monuments by 2 million acres. Conservatives rejoiced, and progressives railed. Yet neither side has clearly identified the moral facets of the situation. The crucial moral question is this: How ought public property be regulated to protect landscapes with cultural significance? We offer criteria for determining when something has cultural value and argue that the moral merits of the present case turn on whether the reduction adequately addresses the cultural interests at play.


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Justin McBrayer
Fort Lewis College
Sarah Roberts-Cady
Fort Lewis College

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