suwa, Author at Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

  • September 14th, 2022

    What’s “GSENM RMP”, anyway? It’s shorthand for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Resource Management Plan. Originally proclaimed by President Clinton in 1996, the almost two million acre monument was slashed in half under former President Trump in 2017. It’s been close to a year since President Biden restored the monument to its original boundaries, and it’s time for his administration to re-write the Trump-era plan and re-emphasize scientific discovery and conservation as the primary purpose of the monument. That also means that it’s time for you to get involved!

    Our guest is SUWA Wildlands Attorney Kya Marienfeld, who is heading up SUWA’s official comments about Grand Stairacse-Escalante to the BLM. In non-legal terms, she explains the process for monument planning and helps us understand how to effectively engage in making the final plan a guiding document we can all be proud of.

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  • September 12th, 2022

    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is hiring a full-time Latino Community  Organizer in Salt Lake City. Interested applicants should email a cover letter (one page),  resume, a writing sample (original work; a 2nd in Spanish is helpful), and 3 references to  Clayton Daughenbaugh at Please include the words “Latino Community Organizer” and your name in the subject line. The deadline for submission is  October 30th.

    Reports to: Organizing Director

    Job Description Summary:

    The Latino Community Organizer recruits and supports volunteer activists and leaders interested in protecting Utah’s redrock wilderness.

    Working with the organizing team, the organizer is a flexible team player who will plan  and implement organizing activities in Utah building from and growing the base  established on the Wasatch Front, and develop and maintain a grassroots and grass tops network of Latino community supporters across the state. This network is  additionally intended to be influential with and form a base line for support of Latinx  leaders to act across the region and the nation focusing on the protection of wild places  and the role they play in mitigating the climate and extinction crises.


    • Passion for public lands protection.
    • Understanding of power dynamics impacting wild lands protection campaigns.
    • Excellent listening and verbal/writing/public speaking communication skills.
    • Self-motivated; able to work in a team and independently.
    • Ability to build and maintain relationships and develop volunteer leadership skills.
    • Commitment to and ability to communicate the need for protecting wilderness landscapes within the context of climate change and cultural significance.
    • Must be skilled/comfortable with Microsoft, Zoom, Google Docs and social media.
    • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours.
    • Previous organizing experience preferred.
    • Spanish language proficiency, written and verbal, preferred.
    • Familiarity with Latino communities preferred.
    • A four-year college degree is helpful but not required.

    Responsibilities Include:

    • Build, grow, and sustain a network of volunteer leaders and activists working together to support identified wild land protections.
    • Identify, organize and manage SUWA’s Utah Silvestre campaign and Latinos for Utah Wilderness online and in-person meetups
    • Identify events, venues and activities where SUWA can interact, educate and engage members of Utah’s Latino communities.
    • Identify key traditional and social media visibility opportunities for Utah’s Latino communities on SUWA’s issues and follow through with supporters through placement of Letters to the Editor, Opinion commentaries, and other writing.
    • Build relationships with representatives of organizations and institutions within the Latino communities.
    • Help identify strategic opportunities for collaboration on issues of concern to the Latino communities that are within the general reach of SUWA’s mission.
    • Network with national and regional organizations and other organizers supporting Latinx engagement in public lands conservation especially on the  Colorado Plateau.
    • Develop and produce educational materials and articles; bilingual materials as needed.
    • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive and Organizing Directors.

    This position will start at $40,000 per year depending on experience; with paid health  insurance; a 3.5% contribution to a 403b plan; 14 paid holidays; 3 weeks of vacation to  start; and other benefits. (Benefits begin after a 60-day probation period.)

    Currently the position is a blending of in-office and at-home work time. Circumstances  permitting, SUWA supports the collegiality of working together in a common location.

    SUWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the outstanding wilderness at the heart of the Colorado Plateau, and the management of these lands in their natural state for the benefit of all Americans. SUWA promotes local and national recognition of the region’s unique character through research and public education; supports both administrative and legislative initiatives to permanently protect Colorado Plateau wild places within the National Park and National Wilderness Preservation Systems, or by other protective designations where appropriate; builds support for such initiatives on both the local and national level; and provides leadership within the conservation movement through uncompromising advocacy for wilderness preservation. The lands we work to protect are the ancestral homelands of many Tribes. We are committed to expanding present-day collaboration with our Tribal neighbors.

    SUWA is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. SUWA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

  • August 24th, 2022


    Contact: Scott Groene, Executive Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, 801-712-5034, 

    Moab, UT (August 24, 2022) – Today, the State of Utah, along with Garfield and Kane Counties, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging President Biden’s lawful use of the Antiquities Act to restore the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments last October.

    In response to the lawsuit, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) executive director Scott Groene issued the following statement:

    “Once again, Utah’s political leaders are running roughshod over those who live closest to Utah’s national monuments — especially the Tribes that have lived here since time immemorial. This lawsuit further ignores the local elected officials in Grand and San Juan Counties, where Bears Ears is located, and community leaders in the towns closest to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, who have registered their support for President Biden’s lawful restoration of the original monument boundaries.

    “From Governor Cox on down, the continued anti-environment agenda of Utah politicians makes the Utah political delegation the most hostile to America’s public lands, of any state.  At a time when climate change is creating drought and extreme weather events in Utah, Utah’s politicians are exacerbating the harm by trying to upend the very public land protections that play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change.  Utah residents deserve better.”

    Additional Resources

    Link to Garfield County et al. lawsuit.

  • August 24th, 2022

    Terri Martin, Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, has lived a life in service to Utah’s wild desert landscapes. In this bonus episode of the Bristlecone Firesides podcast, Terri tells us about the spiritual and ecological value of Utah’s wilderness and what she has learned over the decades of working with SUWA and other organizations that defend sacred landscapes.


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