As a resident of Flagstaff who is surrounded by beautiful public lands that I love to enjoy, I find it appalling that the Trump administration is actively rolling back protections on our nation’s public lands. As a student studying wildlife management, I understand the importance that these protected areas play in wildlife and nature conservation.

The recent decrease in the size of both Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase monuments is the largest rollback of public lands in American history, and shows a blatant disregard for both our heritage and our environment. I urge our Arizona senators Jeff Flake and John McCain to speak out against these rollbacks and to work to stop any attempts that may come to Arizona to diminish our own public lands.

LEXI STARK

Flagstaff

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