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  • August 20th, 2014

    From TreeHugger:

    In the following short video, (the third in a series of five short films created by young people on the importance of protecting Greater Canyonlands), Taylor Graham describes how he grew up exploring the deep wild canyons of southern Utah, venturing into their depths by foot and boat – an experience which left him invigorated with a “powerful love of life.”

    In a very personal plea, he asks President Obama to protect Greater Canyonlands as a national monument so that his own children can someday find the same inspiration from “this amazing piece of our natural heritage.”   Greater Canyonlands “is currently unprotected and vulnerable to degradation from dirty energy development and poorly regulated off-road vehicle use,” says Graham. “As a member of the next generation who will inherit these beautiful lands, I have seen firsthand what the mistreatment of our natural lands looks like.”

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  • August 15th, 2014

    As the 50th Anniversary of Canyonlands National Park approaches next month, Utahns and others across the country are pushing for President Obama to declare the 1.8 million acres of public lands surrounding the park as a Greater Canyonlands National Monument.

    To illustrate the importance of protecting Greater Canyonlands for future generations, groups of young people and college students have created a series of short films shot in the area.  Two have been released so far, with more to be posted in the weeks ahead.

    The first in this series features students from Brigham Young University (BYU):

    BYU GC Video (screenshot)

    When Utah high school student Kelsey Oliver learned about the campaign to convince President Obama to protect Greater Canyonlands she leapt into action, organizing a student excursion to the area:

    Rowland Hall GC Video (screenshot)

    After you’ve watched the videos, please take a moment to tell President Obama your reasons for protecting Greater Canyonlands.

     

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  • August 13th, 2014

    From TreeHugger:

    When Utah high school student Kelsey Oliver learned about the campaign to convince President Obama to protect Greater Canyonlands she leapt into action, organizing a student excursion to the area. In this short video (the second in a series of five short films on the importance of Greater Canyonlands to young people) Kelsey and her fellow Rowland Hall High School students reflect on what Greater Canyonlands means to them and what they hope for its future. “Anyone who sees how beautiful this land is will know it needs to be preserved,” reflects one student. “It offers so much awe and inspiration to every visitor.”

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  • August 5th, 2014

    The Interior Board of Land Appeals has dismissed an appeal brought by the Western Energy Alliance and a small oil and gas company which challenged BLM’s decision not to offer certain wilderness character and culturally significant parcels in the San Rafael Swell for lease at the November 2013 oil and gas lease sale.

    San Rafael Swell Rally

    A woman protests proposed oil and gas leases during a rally in front of the BLM’s state offices September 16, 2013.

    “We’re pleased that industry’s appeal has been rejected,” said Stephen Bloch, legal director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. “BLM made the right decision not to offer these wild and culturally rich public lands in the Utah’s remarkable San Rafael Swell for oil and gas leasing and development.”

    Last year the BLM proposed to sell 57 oil and gas leases primarily located in Utah’s stunning San Rafael Swell. The leases would have green lighted development on more than 80,000 acres of proposed wilderness, the vast majority of which the BLM itself acknowledges are wilderness caliber landscapes. The leases would have also authorized surface activities in a culturally rich landscape and over the objections of The Hopi Tribe. Hundreds of people wrote and emailed the BLM asking them to “think first, and lease later.” More than 150 people rallied at BLM’s state headquarters in Salt Lake City and delivered this message personally. BLM ultimately withdrew these parcels from sale.

    Shortly thereafter an oil and gas trade group, the Western Energy Alliance, filed an appeal with the Interior Department seeking to overturn the BLM’s decision not to offer these leases. They were joined by a small oil and gas company who had hoped to buy some of these leases. The gist of their appeal was that because BLM initially made the wrong decision to offer these leases, it was required to do so no matter what kind of information the agency learned about the threats that development would pose to fragile cultural sites, threatened species, etc. In other words, industry pushed for the “good old days” of “lease first and think later.” The Interior appeals board flatly rejected these arguments and dismissed the appeal.

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  • August 4th, 2014


    From TreeHugger:

    To illustrate the importance of protecting Greater Canyonlands for future generations, groups of young people and college students have created a series of short films shot in the area. The first in this series features students from Brigham Young University (BYU) – an institution owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – as they explore the stunning cliffs and canyons of Greater Canyonlands and view encroaching oil and gas development that threatens to degrade the region’s exquisite natural beauty.

     

    “Greater Canyonlands is a place of immense spiritual and cultural value,” says BYU student Sarah Karlinsey, “and we feel the weight of our responsibility as stewards to ensure that these beauties are preserved for our future families. It is our hope that President Obama will protect this cherished place by proclaiming it a national monument to be protected for all time.”

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