America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act would protect iconic western landscapes with evocative names like Labyrinth Canyon, Robbers Roost, and the Kaiparowits Plateau. These wild public lands comprise an important piece of the 30% of America’s lands and waters scientists say we must protect by the year 2030 in order to prevent catastrophic collapse of our natural systems.
Peer-reviewed research shows that America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act can play a role in mitigating climate change. Protecting the undisturbed wild landscapes of Utah’s canyon country would keep a significant amount of fossil fuel in the ground, contributing meaningfully to the carbon mitigation needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Unfortunately, attacks by anti-wilderness and pro-extraction members of Congress threaten these very places. Republicans in the House of Representatives are working on funding a bill filled with poison pills and extreme anti-environmental policies that would have devastating impacts on public lands.
For example, the bill would undermine management within the re-established Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument boundaries by restricting funding and effectively pretending the Trump monument reduction is still in place. The bill would also eviscerate the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Public Lands Rule, which seeks to level the playing field between conservation and extraction to ensure that our shared lands and waters will be managed for wildlife and natural and cultural resources, now and into the future.
We need your help to defend and protect Utah’s remaining wild places.