Greater Canyonlands Archives


  • 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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  • 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 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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