Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act in the Senate on Monday, December 16, 2019, and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47) will soon introduce the bill in the U.S. House.
The Red Rock bill would protect nearly 8.4 million acres of Bureau of Land Management lands in Utah, including some of the wildest landscapes in the lower 48 states—places like Cedar Mesa, the Escalante Canyons, and the Kaiparowits Plateau. The new bill has changes that reflect wilderness areas that were designated earlier this year in the Emery County Act, and honors a request from the Ute Indian Tribe to respect their Uncompahgre lands.
These priceless public lands are facing serious threats. The Red Rock bill would safeguard Utah wilderness from oil and gas development, the degradation of sacred cultural sites, and the increasing intrusion of motorized vehicles into the backcountry. Protection of these lands keeps fossil fuels in the ground, preserves key habitat for native flora and fauna affected by climate change, and ensure these landscapes endure for the enjoyment of all Americans.
This past spring, with your help, we were able to protect 663,000 acres of wilderness in Emery County. Please help us keep the momentum going!
Thank you for all you do to support the fight for the redrock. Without you there would be no us!