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  • January 19th, 2011

    Last week, wilderness protection in Utah got a needed boost as National Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey came to Utah to discuss the new BLM wilderness guidance that has the potential to give needed protection to 6 million acres of wilderness-quality lands across the state.

    In the face of some antagonistic questioning by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his “Balanced Resources Council,” Director Abbey held firm, saying that the new wilderness guidance is a tool to provide protection to BLM-managed wild lands until Congress acts to officially designate wilderness.

    Over a hundred Utah wilderness supporters showed up to the meeting to thank Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and BLM Director Abbey for their commitment to giving wilderness its rightful place as an equal among the range of other resources BLM must manage and protect — a critical first step towards ensuring the permanent protection of our last remaining wild lands in the West.

    Click on the video below to view clips from a news conference we organized featuring SUWA’s Heidi McIntosh along with Utahns Bryson Garbett, a former Republican legislator and owner of a prominent home building company, and Eve Miller, a new mom and co-founder of Women Protecting Wilderness.

    The new policy also reverses the much-maligned and illegal 2003 back-door agreement between former Utah governor Michael Leavitt and former Interior boss Gale Norton by which Norton renounced the BLM’s authority to manage public lands to protect their wilderness character.

    But, we all know that good policies are only good if they are implemented correctly, so we’re going to be watching implementation of this new wilderness guidance closely, and will urge the BLM to take a robust approach to protection of wild lands under its jurisdiction.

    A big thanks to all of you who love and support Utah’s wild lands! Working together we can continue to ensure that these amazing places remain wild so the generations that come after us can experience them in their natural splendor.

    If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to thank Secretary Salazar for the new wilderness guidance policy.

  • November 18th, 2010

    Lately, my job as “Field Advocate” has involved driving the boundaries of the areas in the Book Cliffs included in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act in order to get familiar with boundaries and edges and specific landscape features.  This has to be one of the largest, most spectacular, wildest regions in Utah.  On a recent trip with the writer/activist/SUWA Board Member/wife, Terry Tempest Williams, I was reminded of why Wilderness is so important to us, personally.

    - Brooke Williams



  • November 8th, 2010

    Today, we’re launching a sustained, multi-year media campaign in Utah to capitalize upon a growing shift in public opinion about wilderness in our state, and to further educate Utah residents about wilderness as an issue and a valuable part of our state and national heritage.

    Click here to visit the campaign website and see the ads.

    Relying heavily on broadcast and cable television spots, online ads throughout Utah, and outdoor advertising in the Salt Lake City metro area, the campaign aims to elevate the discussion and build greater support for permanently protecting Utah’s wilderness heritage.

    This new media campaign builds upon a dramatic shift in public opinion that has taken place in Utah regarding our state’s incredible wild lands.

    In 1989, when Utah Congressman Wayne Owens first introduced his bill for 5.1 million acres of BLM wilderness in Utah, 80 percent of Utahns who had an opinion about wilderness opposed it.

    Today, 60 percent of Utahns who’ve made up their minds on the issue support protecting 9 million acres or more of Utah wilderness.

    We believe this shift in opinion can be accelerated through education.  Many Utah families already enjoy spending time in our state’s proposed wilderness areas.  They hike, camp, hunt and fish in the areas that deserve wilderness protection.

    But for many Utahns, wilderness as an issue has been obfuscated by the radical rhetoric of our opponents.

    That’s why we’re committed to this campaign for the long haul.  An intensive in-state advertising campaign can increase public awareness and understanding of Utah’s proposed wilderness areas, their accessibility to the general public, and the value that protecting Utah’s wilderness areas brings to our state’s economy.

    By reaching out to the broad majority of Utahns who support a balanced approach to wilderness preservation and giving them a voice, we believe this campaign can change the game and help bring permanent protection for wilderness in Utah.

  • October 5th, 2010

    This video from SUWA's National Public Lands Day Service project was taken on September 25th, 2010.  After consulting with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office, SUWA Field Inventory Specialist Ray Bloxham worked with 15 volunteers for 6 hours to build post and rail fences signifying the vehicle route designations (in conformance with the Price Resource Management Plan motorized route designations) in the Muddy Creek canyon bottom riparian area.  The BLM provided materials for the project and delivered a trailer to the project site prior to National Public Lands Day.  See our Facebook page for photos from the project.

    Thanks to everyone who helped and we look forward to continuing to provide the BLM with volunteer assistance!


  • September 29th, 2010

    This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Maine for the Common Ground Country Fair, an event that combines the usual fair activities with a passion for organic and sustainable agriculture and environmental and social justice causes.  For the past two years, I have been assisting the Mainers for Utah Wilderness state activist group with their table in the Environmental Concerns tent.

    It is always amazing to see so many people in a state far from Utah with so many connections to redrock country.  We were visited by folks who used to live in Utah, who had relatives or close friends who live in Utah, and/or have made frequent visits to southern Utah.  Still others were planning trips out to Utah or hoped to visit someday.  We even met some folks from out West who were up in Maine for the fair!  Overall, most people were enthusiastic about our mission, and we were able to collect hundreds of postcards to President Obama and the Maine congressional delegation asking them to work to protect Utah wilderness.

    The most common question?  “Aren’t you a little far away from home?  Why are you in Maine?”  When we explained that these were federal lands, owned by Mainers just as much as those who live in Utah, they understood.  Most expressed a desire to protect more wilderness in Utah for future generations to enjoy, and even those that were skeptical were surprised when they learned more information about our work.

    Why do Mainers care about protecting Utah wilderness?  Our Mainers for Utah Wilderness volunteers can best explain:

    Video by Jackie Feinberg

    Thanks to those who volunteered and to those who stopped by the table!  Meeting and working with passionate redrock activists always rejuvenates my own enthusiasm for working to protect Utah’s wild lands.

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