Protecting Greater Canyonlands
Greater Canyonlands, though lacking official protection, remains one of the last untouched frontiers of the West and one of the largest roadless areas in the lower 48. This is a place of cliff, canyon and valley, of spire and castle, of lush and improbable hanging gardens, of echoing alcoves and amphitheaters. It is also one of the Colorado Plateau’s most critical watersheds. Through it the Green, Dirty Devil, and San Rafael Rivers wind south to meet the Colorado. Along the way they nourish some 960 species of desert flora and a rich array of wildlife, from black bears in the Abajo Mountains, to mountain lions and desert bighorn sheep at Hatch Point, to peregrine falcons in Labyrinth Canyon. Seven endangered or threatened species find refuge there today and perhaps nowhere else.
Greater Canyonlands is large, but its size is no defense against the threats it faces. Proposed oil and gas drilling, tar sands exploration, and potash development—some of which would be within sight and sound of Canyonlands National Park—would carve up this wild landscape, harming air and water quality, fragmenting wildlife habitat, and degrading spectacular scenery.
President Obama has the power to protect the 1.4 million acres of public BLM land surrounding Canyonlands National Park with the stroke of a pen – if we can convince him to do so.
1) Email President Obama and ask him to declare Greater Canyonlands a national monument.
2) In December, a coalition of conservation organizations sent a letter to Utah Governor Gary Herbert urging him to “support the creation of a transparent, fair, public process” to discuss a potential Greater Canyonlands National Monument in southeastern Utah.
Here’s how you, too, can make a difference in advancing the campaign to protect Greater Canyonlands:
Simply call 1-800-705-2464 and tell the receptionist that you would like to leave a message for Governor Herbert encouraging him to create a public process to protect Greater Canyonlands as a national monument.
If you live in Utah, you can also encourage Governor Herbert to begin a public process to protect Greater Canyonlands by clicking here.
Join our Facebook photo campaign asking President Obama to protect Greater Canyonlands!