Greater Canyonlands Archives


  • September 16th, 2014

    This past Friday, more than 150 residents of Moab turned out at the historic Star Hall for an evening with the Greater Canyonlands Coalition to talk about Greater Canyonlands: The Next 50 Years.

    The event started out with a reading by author Terry Tempest Williams.

    Terry Tempest Williams reads at the Greater Canyonlands Coalition 50th Celebration in Moab, Friday, September 12, 2014. Photo: Tim Peterson

    Terry Tempest Williams reads at the Greater Canyonlands Coalition 50th Celebration in Moab, Friday, September 12, 2014. Photo: Tim Peterson

    And was followed by a special preview of the film Our Canyonlands, produced by filmmaker Justin Clifton in partnership with the Grand Canyon Trust.

     

    The evening ended with a panel discussion moderated by SUWA’s Mathew Gross and featuring Emily Stock of Canyon Country Rising Tide; Walt Dabney, former superintendent of Canyonlands National Park; and Grand Canyon Trust Executive Director Bill Hedden.

    Mathew Gross moderates a panel discussion with Emily Stock. Bill Hedden, and Walt Dabney pn Friday, September 12, 2014 at Moab's Star Hall. Photo: Tim Peterson.

    Mathew Gross moderates a panel discussion with Emily Stock. Bill Hedden, and Walt Dabney pn Friday, September 12, 2014 at Moab’s Star Hall. Photo: Tim Peterson.

    During the question and answer period, a number of Moab locals voiced support for the proposed Greater Canyonlands National Monument, for which support in Moab is higher than often expected.

     

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  • September 12th, 2014
    Gooseneck Overlook, Canyonlands National Park.  Copyright Ray Mathis.

    Gooseneck Overlook, Canyonlands National Park. Copyright Ray Mathis.

    Get ready for some celebrating—Canyonlands National Park is turning 50 today! That’s 50 years of gorgeous sunsets, tranquil hikes, and family exploration in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of the United States—all thanks to a handful of Americans who had the foresight to recognize Canyonlands as one of Earth’s treasures, and sought to protect it from degradation.

    Thank goodness for them.

    But the work begun 50 years ago is not yet done. While we love Canyonlands, the boundaries of the park do not reflect the totality of the place, and much of what deserved protection was abandoned on the cutting room floor. Already, Big Flat, just north of Canyonlands, is under siege as more and more drill rigs mar its wild vistas. What’s next? Lockhart Basin? Labyrinth Canyon? The Dirty Devil corridor?

    We can’t let that happen. Ask President Obama to protect Greater Canyonlands now!

    Together, we can finish the job begun by our predecessors by protecting the rest of Canyonlands—Greater Canyonlands—from the development of dirty fuels and rampaging off-road vehicle abuse. President Obama, like many great conservationists before him, should use the Antiquities Act to designate Greater Canyonlands a national monument, thereby safeguarding the plethora of special places, priceless cultural artifacts and wild rivers that still exist there, unprotected.

    Be a part of the next chapter for Greater Canyonlands by writing to the president today!

    Together, we can ensure that the next celebration is even bigger, and even better.

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  • August 26th, 2014

    Colorado College students call for Greater Canyonlands National Monument from Sierra Club National on Vimeo.

    From TreeHugger:

    The following short video (the 4th in a series of five short films created by young people on the importance of protecting Greater Canyonlands), features students from Colorado College on an “annual pilgrimage” to Greater Canyonlands as they grapple with the questions “How can we protect this awe-inspiring place for the future? How can we advocate for such natural beauty? How can we become stewards?”

    In an effort to give back to the land, they spend four days building a new trail to minimize human-caused erosion in a popular climbing area.

    But after viewing oil and gas drilling that is encroaching on the area, and learning about the threat of tar sands development from local residents, they conclude that larger actions are needed to protect the area for the future.

    “What the group found was that regardless how it happens, local Utahns, conservationists, and members of the outdoor recreation industry all basically want the same future for Greater Canyonlands,” concludes one student, “one that acknowledges and protects the inherent value of this amazing natural space.”

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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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