Protect Public Lands

The President
Stole Your Land

In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.

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Bears Ears
National Monument

The highest density of cultural resources in the country is now at risk

This was Bears Ears

Grand Staircase-Escalante
National Monument

An area bigger than Yosemite National Park is now at risk of industrialization


in the Fight

to Protect

Public Lands

We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.

— Teddy Roosevelt

Patagonia has been in the fight to protect public lands for almost 30 years— and we are proud to have played a part in the establishment of several national monuments, including Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments in Nevada. We are also proud to stand alongside over 350 businesses, conservation groups and Native American tribes that have come together on this issue to protect public lands. Climbers, hikers, hunters and anglers all agree that public lands are a critical part of our national heritage and these lands belong not just to us, but to future generations.

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There is Broad Public Support for Protecting Federal Public Lands

Over 2.7 million public comments poured in during the Department of the Interior’s 60-day comment period—a record-breaking response. More than 98 percent of those comments expressed support for maintaining or expanding national monuments.[1]

The Outdoor Industry Relies on Public Lands

Shutting down a national monument, or any major portion of a national monument, could have a devastating impact on local economies and the multibillion-dollar outdoor recreation economy that America’s public lands and waterways support.[2]

Public lands host 71 percent of climbers, 70 percent of hunters and 43 percent of paddlers in America, and they also contain nearly 200,000 miles of hiking trails and 13,000 miles of mountain biking trails.[3]

Outdoor recreation is among America’s largest industries, contributing 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in annual consumer spending— far outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the oil and gas industry.[4]

States Have Historically Sold Off Federal Lands

History shows that when the federal government grants, sells or otherwise gifts federal land to states, 70 percent of the land is sold to private interests, jeopardizing public access.[5]

States have different rules for land management, and private lands are often not accessible to the general public, meaning the transfer of federal lands to private hands could impact outdoor activity and access.[6]

It is a Myth that More Public Lands are Needed for Oil and Gas Development

90 percent of U.S. public lands are open to oil and gas leasing and development; only 10 percent are protected for recreation, conservation and wildlife.[7]

Over 7,500 approved drilling permits on federal land are undrilled and idled.[8]

In 2015, oil companies produced 175 million barrels of crude oil from federal lands, up 60 percent from 2008.[8]

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[1] Center for Western Priorities, July 2017
[2] Headwaters Economics, August 2017
[4] Outdoor Industry Association Economic Report, 2017
[5] Field and Stream, April 2017
[6] Backcountry Hunters and Anglers 2016 Report
[7] The Wilderness Society, 2017
[8] Bureau of Land Management
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