Patagonia Minces No Words: The President Stole Your Land

Going to the highest bidder: America’s natural heritage

Bears Ears

As of this writing, the homepage of outdoor outfitter Patagonia has one simple, stark message:

The president stole your land

Under the guise of “giving the land back to the people”, President Trump did the exact opposite, removing federal protection from 2 million acres of America’s natural heritage.

In a ceremony at the Utah Statehouse, the president said that the largest rollback of federal land protection “…will usher in a bright new future of wonder and wealth.”

In fact, what it does is shrink Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by half.

The common argument that land is needed for energy and economic development is specious. 90 percent of U.S. public lands are open to oil and gas development. The outdoor recreation industry provides 7.6 million jobs, generating $887 billion in annual consumer spending.

That Mr. Trump seeks to hand the remaining 10 percent to development underscores the damage his presidency will do in an unfolding American tragedy.

Click on the image below to find out more and take action.


President Trump enacts the largest reversal of protected land in history.

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

Image courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management
Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  1. The image of the lands at issue in the article looks just like Appalachian land that has been mined by “mountain-top” methods. Do you like this land form or do you dislike it? Which is it?

    The Federal government should not be in the real estate business. It is a harsh and negligent landlord, and a poor custodian of public lands. Government lands are a massive loss-making, cash-gobbling disaster. The only citizens who favor continued ownership of public lands by the State are crony capitalists like Patagonia that incorporate these lands into their own profit-making business activities.

    The Federal government should sell the great majority of the land that it owns in an orderly manner, over the coming years in order to reduce public debt and help defray essential public expenditures. Put those lands back on the tax rolls.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m a little surprised that the image of Bears Ears looks to you “just like Appalachian land mined by mountain-top” methods. The landscape of southern Utah is absolutely nothing like mountain-top removal in Appalachia.

      Before the land is sold off to corporate interests in order to save it from… corporate interests, I urge you to visit southern Utah. Know what’s at stake.


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