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  •  Greater Canyonlands (20+ / 0-)

    Only slightly off-topic for this diary, but it's kinda/sorta nearby...

    The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, among others, is working very hard right now to expand protection to the Greater Canyonlands area of Utah.

    If this diary makes you love Utah, or reminds you of why you already do love the red-rock country, please take action, using the link above, to let officials know you wish this land to be given further protection.

    "I mean, it -- I mean -- and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell." -- Rick Perry, 9/7/11

    by Senor Unoball on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:24:07 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the link (5+ / 0-)

      The next place that really needs protection is Grand Gulch, between Arches and Canyonlands.  That's a spectacular series of canyons, a little wetter and greener than Escalante, and just filled with Anasazi sites.  

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 12:12:52 PM PDT

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    •  SUWA is the best there is (3+ / 0-)

      It's a truly grassroots (& deserts-roots) citizen-action environmental organization. I should know, because I worked for them, both as a paid staffer and as a volunteer.

      They're small----typically only about 15-20 staffers---but very effective. Four or five (underpaid) attorneys work on legal issues---taking the state of Utah or the federal government and others to court, if necessary, for mismanagement of our public lands.

      There's also 3 people in a Washington DC office watchdogging the executive branch and Congress, and getting cosponsors for  America's Redrock Wilderness Act.....a bill that would protect about 9 million acres of BLM land surrounding the  national parks and GSENM in southern Utah, and much of the BLM land in the western part of the state. Every year they bring 30 or 40 grassroots volunteers to Washington for Utah Wilderness Week to lobby Congress on behalf of wilderness.

      There's also a half dozen of other staffers who work to develop public support for protecting Utah's wilderness.  

      They work hard. Very hard. But the bulk of the work of protecting Utah's wilderness is done by volunteers throughout the country...people like us who contact our members of Congress to tell them that Utah's wild federal lands---like the Grand Staircase Escalante---belong to ALL Americans, and deserve to be protected.

      Thanks for the link above to protect the Greater Canyonlands area---land that is just outside the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, but just as deserving of permanent protection for future generations.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 04:44:34 PM PDT

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      •  Totally agreed! (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't live in Utah, but those public lands belong to me as well.

        I want them protected as much as possible.

        Thanks for the work you have done!

        "I mean, it -- I mean -- and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell." -- Rick Perry, 9/7/11

        by Senor Unoball on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:43:07 PM PDT

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