Tuesday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell eloquently laid out the moral reasons for a Bears Ears National Monument. In rethinking conservation in the year of the national park centennial, she reminded us that "we haven't done enough to celebrate the contributions of Native Americans."
Jewell wants to make national parks and public lands "relevant" to every culture and "decisively more inclusive places" in order to "tell a more complete story of America." She wants us to "think big," on a "landscape-level" scale.
She brought herself to tears near the end of her speech, when she imagined taking a grandchild to old growth forest or listening to a howling Yellowstone wolf. She came close to bringing me to tears, too — as she crisply outlined why modern conservation values lead directly to the Bears Ears.