Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Threats to Moab-area proposed wilderness – Redrock Report August 2012

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August 2012

Here’s what is happening this month with the redrock:
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Join our online activist team.
2.  Oil, gas, and seismic projects threaten proposed wilderness.
3.  Outdoor industry speaks out against Herbert’s public land grab.
4.  The SUWA Roundup is next month!

 

Become a Super Online Activist for Utah wilderness

More than ever, online activists are playing an important role in advocating for Utah wilderness protection.  Whether it be by commenting on a news article, sharing an action alert on Facebook or posting a photo, redrock activists can easily contribute to the online discussion on relevant issues.

Want to make more of an impact with your online activity?  Click here to sign up for our Online Activist Team and we’ll let you know how you can help advocate for the redrock on the web.

Interested in some simple, easy ways to start?

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1) WATCH AND SHARE our new video on Protecting Greater Canyonlands.

2) SIGN AND SHARE our petition urging Utah Governor Herbert to stop his public land grab.

3) LIKE our Facebook page and join in on the discussion!

 



Proposed wilderness threatened in Moab area

The Moab field office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has recently placed proposed wilderness in its crosshairs.

First, the BLM is proposing an oil and gas lease sale for February 2013 that includes a number of leases inside the Coyote Wash and Big Triangle proposed wilderness areas.  In addition, two parcels in this proposed lease sale may implicate Moab’s watershed.  SUWA submitted comments on August 13 asking that these contentious parcels be removed.

Second, the BLM is seeking to approve a large seismic project at the doorstep of Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.  Apparently, officials at the Moab field office feel that the best way to introduce visitors to these two spectacular parks is by making them pass through oil and gas industrialization (perhaps to appreciate the protected lands more?). This proposed seismic project would set loose large vibroseis thumper trucks (think tractors – see photo below) on the Big Flat/Labyrinth Canyon region, threatening proposed wilderness as well as one of the state’s preeminent desert bighorn sheep herds. Inexplicably, the BLM is considering this approval even though the company seeking to do the testing does not have leases for 25% of this project area. SUWA has submitted comments and hopes to dissuade the BLM from this wrongheaded plan.

Seismic Project

 

Outdoor industry pushes back against Herbert’s public land policies

Earlier this month, America’s outdoor recreation industry pushed back against Utah Governor Gary Herbert, whose radical land grab policies threaten to carve up and sell off Utah’s spectacular public lands. 

In a recent meeting with the governor, Frank Hugelmeyer, president and CEO of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), expressed his frustration over Utah’s public land policies and read a strongly worded statement from the trade group’s board of directors:

“Of greatest concern,” the group wrote, “is the governor’s lawsuit challenging the federal government over jurisdiction of the federal public lands and some road claims within national parks, monuments and wilderness areas. We have not and will not sit silently on threats to the nation’s recreation infrastructure.”  Read more on our blog.

Please contact Governor Herbert today and tell him you share the Outdoor Industry’s sense of outrage over his anti-wilderness land grab (see sample text below).

Sample text to Governor Herbert:
I urge you to listen to the concerns of the Outdoor Industry Association and citizens across the nation who want to see Utah’s spectacular public lands protected, not carved up by roads, leased to developers, or sold to the highest bidder. Please drop your land grab!

 

Join us in the beautiful San Rafael Swell this September!

Don’t forget — this year’s SUWA Roundup is scheduled for September 21-23 at Hidden Splendor in the San Rafael Swell.  There’s no better opportunity to meet fellow redrock enthusiasts and learn more about the wilderness lands we’re all working to protect. 

Relax and socialize on Friday evening, then take part in guided day hikes (from easy to challenging) or other fun activities on Saturday before sharing a potluck dinner with newfound friends.  Sunday you’ll awake to fresh brewed coffee and breakfast prepared by the SUWA staff.  If you plan to join us this year, please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

For more details, please visit our Roundup information page.

Spread the word on Facebook by clicking here.

 

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You know it.  I know it.  Greater Canyonlands’ spectacular geologic formations, 10,000-year-old archeological sites and world class recreational opportunities are definitely worth protecting.  But we still must convince President Obama of that fact.

Will you watch and share the video below to help spread the word about protecting Greater Canyonlands?


This summer, student volunteers have been working hard to interview Moab small business owners and other residents about the importance of protecting Greater Canyonlands.  Locals know that protecting the remaining wild lands in the region is both good for the environment and good for business and recreation.

President Obama CAN make Greater Canyonlands a national monument, but he needs to hear from you and your family and friends.

Please share our new video on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. — it’s an easy, simple way to help out with the Greater Canyonlands campaign!

Thanks for all you do.

P.S. You can also show your support for protecting Greater Canyonlands by “liking” the Protect Greater Canyonlands Facebook page.

Jackie Feinberg

Outdoor industry pushes back — please add your voice!

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Last week, America’s outdoor recreation industry pushed back against Utah Governor Gary Herbert, whose radical land grab policies threaten to carve up and sell off Utah’s spectacular public lands.

Please add your voice by telling the governor to stop his Utah land grab now. Copy the sample letter text below and then click here to send your message.

In a recent meeting with the governor, Frank Hugelmeyer, president and CEO of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), expressed his frustration over Utah’s public land policies and read a strongly worded statement from the trade group’s board of directors:

“Of greatest concern,” the group wrote, “is the governor’s lawsuit challenging the federal government over jurisdiction of the federal public lands and some road claims within national parks, monuments and wilderness areas. We have not and will not sit silently on threats to the nation’s recreation infrastructure.”

Will you add your voice to the thousands of people protesting Governor Herbert’s radical land grab policies?

Adding your voice to the outdoor industry’s letter could make Herbert listen this time. The OIA’s twice-annual Outdoor Retailer convention is the largest in the state, drawing more than 46,000 visitors and pumping $42.5 million into Utah’s economy each year.

In a recent editorial, the Salt Lake Tribune pointed out that “Republican lawmakers consistently bend over for the extraction industries, despite the economic roller-coaster they bring to areas of the state long plagued by boom-bust cycles; the negative effect on land, water, wildlife habitat and air; and the fact that outdoor recreation, which brings clean jobs and sustainable dollars from tourism, is more important to the state’s future.”

Please contact Governor Herbert today and tell him you share the Outdoor Industry’s sense of outrage over his anti-wilderness land grab (see sample text below).

Sample text to Governor Herbert:
I urge you to listen to the concerns of the Outdoor Industry Association and citizens across the nation who want to see Utah’s spectacular public lands protected, not carved up by roads, leased to developers, or sold to the highest bidder. Please drop your land grab!



Mathew Gross

Join Us at Hidden Splendor this Fall!

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Roundup 2012
Hikers explore Lower Muddy Creek at the SUWA Roundup

Please join us from September 21-23 for this year’s SUWA Roundup, where members and supporters gather each year to camp, hike, discuss wilderness issues, share good food and camaraderie, and enjoy the beauty of Utah’s canyon country. There’s no better opportunity to get to know the SUWA staff, meet fellow desert rats from Utah and other states, and learn more about the wilderness lands we’re all working to protect.

This year’s Roundup will take place once again at Hidden Splendor in the heart of Utah’s San Rafael Swell.  Activities include a discussion of Utah wilderness issues with SUWA staff, a potluck dinner, evening music around the campfire, and—best of all—guided day-hikes in the Muddy Creek proposed wilderness.  Sunday morning you’ll awake to freshly brewed coffee and breakfast prepared by the SUWA staff in thanks for all your support and dedication.

For more details or to RSVP, please visit our Roundup information page or contact Diane Kelly at diane@suwa.org or (801) 428-3974.

We hope to see you there!

The SUWA Staff
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75 years ago today

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Protect Greater Canyonlands Protect Greater Canyonlands
Colorado College students Brandon Sortor

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Seventy-five years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated the Capitol Reef National Monument, proclaiming “it would be in the public interest to reserve such lands.”

No one today would dispute that FDR’s action was visionary — because today Capitol Reef National Park is considered one of the crown jewels of Utah.

Click here to help protect
Greater Canyonlands
today!

Canyonlands Overlook, Grant Collier
Canyonlands Overlook, copyright Grant Collier.

The same holds true for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which was created in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.

A poll last fall found that 69% of Utahns rated the creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as “very good” or “somewhat good” for the state.

The message is clear: history (and public opinion) rewards those presidents who have shown a bold vision in protecting the Colorado Plateau — no matter the hue and cry that local Utah politicians might raise at the time about such protections.

That’s the message that we have to get to President Obama.  At a time when Utah Governor Gary Herbert is launching an unprecedented assault on public lands in Utah, we need a president who will stand up to protect one of the largest and most spectacular wild landscapes in the world — the Greater Canyonlands region of Utah.

President Obama has the authority, granted to him by Congress in 1906 under the Antiquities Act, to designate a Greater Canyonlands National Monument – and to create a legacy of protecting public lands in Utah.  

But we need your help to get that message to President Obama today.

Already, thousands of you have joined our Facebook photo campaign (see examples above), signed a petition, filled out a postcard, sent an email, tweeted, called the White House, and taken other actions to urge President Obama to protect Greater Canyonlands.  And his administration is noticing.

But there is still more work to be done.  Please visit greatercanyonlands.org today to take further action and help us spread the word!

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this campaign.  Together, we can convince President Obama that Greater Canyonlands is worth protecting!

Jackie Feinberg