• April 6th, 2018

    As you know, on December 4th, 2017, the Trump administration illegally repealed Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, replacing them with two and three drastically smaller national monuments, respectively. This left over 2 million acres of cultural and natural wonders without protection.

    Despite legal challenges filed by SUWA and partner organizations over this unlawful abuse of presidential authority, the BLM is moving forward with planning processes for these new monuments. This rushed effort largely cuts out public input so it’s important that you speak up as the Bureau of Land Management begins to move forward with its new management plans.  

    Submit your comments to the BLM by April 11th for Bears Ears and April 13th for Grand Staircase-Escalante. Please note: you must comment separately on each monument plan.

    >> Click here to submit comments on Bears Ears (by April 11)

    >> Click here to submit comments on Grand Staircase-Escalante (by April 13)

    We encourage you to write personalized comments as the agency is likely to disregard boilerplate messages. For talking points, please see the links above.

    Your actions play a critical role in protecting both Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments as our legal team works to restore the monuments to their original state.

    Thank you for taking action.

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  • March 28th, 2018

    Over the past two years, SUWA’s Field Volunteers have traveled across Utah to work for the protection of our public lands. In our third season, we invite you to join us in the field on a service project and experience firsthand the public lands we are all fighting to protect!

    Apply Now at: suwa.org/fieldvolunteers

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  • March 27th, 2018

    Over the past few weeks, the State of Utah and other organizations have taken to the airwaves and Internet to bolster support for vegetation removal projects on Bureau of Land Management-managed public lands in Utah. While these efforts are big on assertions and anecdotal evidence, the actual projects lack scientific support in the vast majority of cases.

    We think it’s important for the public to understand the lack of scientific consensus, risk, and uncertainty involved with these large-scale surface-disturbing projects. To this end, this 2013 report of existing scientific literature, compiled by the Wild Utah Project—an organization committed to “providing science-based strategies for wildlife and land conservation”—is an important read for anyone interested in the history and state of the science surrounding this controversial topic.

    Don’t let the title Mechanical treatment of pinyon-juniper and sagebrush systems in the intermountain West: A review of the literature scare you. This report is easily digestible and addresses common assumptions underlying projects to remove pinyon-juniper forests and sagebrush stands, and highlights areas where proponents of vegetation removal are sorely lacking a scientific basis. Enjoy!

    Also be sure to check out our cover story on chaining in the Spring 2018 issue of Redrock Wilderness.

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  • March 27th, 2018


    SUWA Summer Field Technician (Independent Contractor)

    The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the outstanding wilderness throughout Utah 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 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.

    Job Description Summary:

    The Summer Field Technician is an independent contractor position that will involve traveling throughout the state of Utah performing inventories of wilderness-quality lands and impacts to wilderness values, with an emphasis on inventorying motorized routes in and around proposed wilderness units. The inventories will involve photographing and documenting a variety of resources and adverse impacts using cameras, tablets, maps, and GPS devices. The position involves long days, extensive periods of time in remote regions, rigorous physical activity, and substantial amounts of backcountry driving, often on rugged four-wheel-drive roads. The position reports directly to SUWA’s Field Director, with additional supervision by SUWA’s Wildlands Program Director.


    • Conduct inventories of wilderness-quality lands and impacts to wilderness values, with a focus on inventorying motorized routes in and around proposed wilderness units.
    • Summarize inventory data into project-specific reports.
    • Provide timely inventory data and reports to SUWA’s Field Director.

    Requisite Skills:

    • Self-motivated.
    • Comfortable working in the field in remote and rugged country, most often alone.
    • Ability to hike, sometimes for long distances, for multiple days.
    • Route-finding skills in backcountry areas.
    • Experience driving on rugged, four-wheel drive roads in remote locations.
    • Interest in spending up to 10 days at a time in remote locations, frequently without cell phone service.
    • Initiative, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to read topographical maps and use GPS devices.
    • Creative thinking and problem solving.
    • Willingness to learn.

    Other Requirements:

    • Demonstrated commitment to wilderness preservation.
    • Commitment to working 8 to 12 weeks between the spring and fall of 2018.
    • Scenic photography knowledge and skills (preferred).
    • Ability to troubleshoot and fix minor vehicle mechanical issues (preferred).


    • Preferably based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, with extensive travel throughout the state. May allow position to be based out of Moab, Utah.


    • SUWA offers competitive pay, based on relevant experience.

    Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter addressed to Neal Clark to hiring@suwa.org.  Please direct any questions to this email address as well.  We will review applications on a rolling basis.

    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.

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