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  • March 22nd, 2010

    March 2010

    Here’s what is happening this month with the redrock:
    1.  Help protect Utah’s magnificent Arch Canyon from off-road vehicle damage.
    2.  Show us how “wild” you are about Utah!
    3.  Faith communities urge Utah leaders to support wilderness stewardship.
    4.  New redrock bill cosponsors include Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA).
    5.  See a SUWA slideshow this April, including new “dust on snow” presentations in Colorado! 

    Threatened Places: BLM Considering Commercial Jeep Event in Arch Canyon

    Jeep in Arch Canyon
    A jeep plows through Arch Canyon.  Photo copyright Liz Thomas/SUWA.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently
    considering an application by Jeep Jamboree USA to hold an off-road vehicle (ORV) event in Arch
    Canyon

    at the end of April, during which large groups of Jeeps would be driven
    up and
    down the canyon.  Located in
    southeastern Utah, Arch Canyon is a place of magnificent natural beauty and solitude, and
    is rich in archaeological sites, including rock art and structures, some of them 2,000
    years old.  Although the BLM has not inventoried or recorded the vast majority of
    the archaeological sites in Arch Canyon, the federal agency has allowed ORV use to
    occur in this proposed wilderness area, causing impacts to prehistoric and historic cultural resources.  The free-flowing creek in Arch Canyon is a
    rare desert gem; streams amount to merely 1% of Utah’s public lands yet
    support nearly 80% of Utah’ wildlife. 
    ORVs cross the stream in Arch Canyon 120 times in the round trip up and
    down the canyon, causing significant damage to the streambed and degradation
    of water quality and habitat of sensitive fish species.

    SUWA has filed a lawsuit challenging BLM’s decision to deny our petition
    to protect Arch Canyon from ORV damage.  In the meantime, ORV use continues to
    threaten the resources of Arch Canyon.

    Please
    send an email to the Utah BLM State Director requesting that:

    1)      BLM prohibit ORV use in Arch
    Canyon, and
    2)      BLM deny Jeep’s application
    for a Jeep Jamboree in Arch Canyon in April.

    You
    can send your concerns to:
    Selma
    Sierra, Utah State BLM Director
    Selma_Sierra@blm.gov

     

    Enter SUWA’s “Wild About Utah” Photo Contest! 

     Is your “Protect Wild Utah” button pinned to your backpack?  Have you
    been someplace far from Utah and seen a “Protect Wild Utah” sticker on a
    building, sign or car bumper?  By design, our bright yellow buttons and
    stickers are easy to spot from far away.  Now, you can win a prize for
    displaying your love of Utah’s redrock country and being a good
    photographer.  Just send a photo of yourself or a friend wearing a
    “Protect Wild Utah” button or sticker OR submit a photo of a button or
    sticker in an interesting location (let’s keep it clean, please!).

    For full contest details or to request a button or sticker, be sure to visit the SUWA’s photo contest webpage.

    All contest entries will be posted on SUWA’s Flickr page — add SUWA as one of your Flickr contacts to keep updated on new entries! 

     

     

    Faith and the Land: A Call for Wilderness Stewardship at Utah’s State Capitol

     

    Faith & the Land Event at Utah Capitol
    God isn’t making any more wilderness,” said Reverend Erin
    Gilmore of the Holladay United Church of Christ.  “It’s up to us to
    protect what remains.”

    In an historic event that has the power to shift the
    conversation about wilderness in Utah, members of 11 different faith traditions
    stood together in the rotunda of the State Capitol in February
    and called on
    state lawmakers to recognize the spiritual importance of Utah’s wilderness
    heritage and to support meaningful protection for the state’s remaining wild
    lands.  Reinforcing their call for
    wilderness stewardship was an impressive exhibit of 24 posters featuring over
    250 handwritten personal statements about why Utah’s wild lands matter spiritually.  The posters were created at “Wilderness
    Stewardship” events held last fall and winter within the Roman Catholic,
    Episcopal, Islamic, Jewish, Latter-day Saint, Lutheran, Methodist,
    Presbyterian, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, and United Church of Christ faith
    communities and one interfaith event.

     

    *New Cosponsor Spotlight* 


    Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)

    In this, the 111th Congress, we have surpassed the number of House cosponsors for America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act in the 110th Congress!  Those recently signing onto to the bill are Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA).  If you live in any of the above districts, please thank your representative!

    For a full list of cosponsors, click here.  If your members of Congress are not on the list of cosponsors, please ask them to sign onto the bill by clicking here!

     


    Watch Out for a Wild Utah Slideshow this April

    SUWA’s multi-media slideshow presentation, Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness, will be on the road in April!

    SUWA’s Midwest Field Organizer, Clayton Daughenbaugh, will be presenting in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota this April.  For more information or to schedule a slideshow in the Midwest, email Clayton at clayton@suwa.org

    SUWA’s National Grassroots Organizer, Jackie Feinberg, will be traveling to Virginia and Florida in April.  For more information or to schedule a slideshow along the East Coast, email Jackie at jackie@suwa.org.   

    SUWA’s Western Regional Organizer, Terri Martin, will be showing our new “Redrock Wilderness or Red Dust Melting Colorado Snow?” presentation in Colorado this April.  For more information or to schedule a slideshow in Colorado, email Terri at terri@suwa.org

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  • February 8th, 2010

    February 2010

    Here's what is happening this month with the redrock:
    1. 
    Submit your comments to prevent vegetation devastation!
    2.  Wilderness Stewardship Days demonstrate faith-based support for protecting Utah's wild lands.
    3.  Attend the Western Wilderness Conference this April!
    4.  New redrock bill cosponsors include Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA).
    5.  SUWA's slideshow goes to Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and New Jersey in March.

    Threatened Places: Vegetation Devastation Update

    Thank you all for your letters and comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in
    response to SUWA’s Vegetation Devastation alert!  To ensure that everyone has the opportunity
    to have their voices heard, the BLM has opened a new 15-day comment period on the
    Upper Kanab Creek Watershed Vegetation Management Environmental Assessment.  Please submit your comments and letters on
    this proposed project to BLM by February 15th. 
    In your comments, ask the BLM not to destroy the vegetation on the beautiful
    landscapes in and around the Grand Staircase-Escalante National
    Monument that are proposed for wilderness in America’s Red
    Rock Wilderness Act.  Let’s stop this
    vegetation devastation!  Send your
    comments via email or fax to:

    State BLM Director: Selma Sierra
    Fax: (801) 539-4013
    Email: Selma_Sierra@blm.gov

    Color Country District Manager: Todd Christensen
    Fax: (435) 865-3058
    Email: Todd_Christensen@blm.gov

     

     

    Faith and the Land: Wilderness Stewardship Days

     

    Lutheran youth group
    Young members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

    The call for wilderness stewardship was strengthened and expanded as numerous communities of faith held Wilderness Stewardship Days
    events around Utah this fall and winter.  Each community created a
    poster featuring personal statements about why wilderness is important
    spiritually and calling for the care of creation.  In the coming
    months, these posters will be presented publicly to Utah's elected
    leaders and displayed at public venues.

     



    Western Wilderness Conference 2010 

    From April 8 – 11,
    Western Wilderness Conference 2010 (see
    http://www.westernwilderness.org/ for more information) will bring grassroots wilderness advocates
    together at the University of
    California in Berkeley, CA. It’s time to
    launch the next round of western wilderness campaigns – building on the success
    of the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act.  SUWA's own Clayton Daughenbaugh and Terri Martin will be leading panels at the conference on engaging faith communities and on the Utah wilderness campaign.

    Ten years have passed
    since the last big assembly of wilderness advocates in California, (at the
    California Wilderness Conference in May 2000) and it’s been even longer since
    wildlands enthusiasts from throughout the West have gathered together to inspire
    each other, share experiences, share issues with ur land management agencies,
    and empower and train a new generation of activists to safeguard the West’s wild
    places.

    The focus of this year's gathering is wildlands
    preservation in today’s historic time of climate change.  


    Pass the
    word!  Tell your friends and associates!  Check out the website for program and
    speaker info as well as online registration.  Other questions?  Contact Vicky
    Hoover at vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org
    ,
    (415) 977-5527.

     

    *New Cosponsor Spotlight* 


    Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)

    The number of cosponsors of America's Red Rock Wilderness Act continue to increase in 2010!  Those recently signing onto to the bill are Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) and Rep. Al Green (D-TX).  If you live in any of the above districts, please thank your representative!

    For a full list of cosponsors, click here.  If your members of Congress are not on the list of cosponsors, please ask them to sign onto the bill by clicking here

      


    See a Wild Utah Slideshow this March!

    SUWA's multi-media slideshow presentation, Wild Utah: America's Redrock Wilderness, will be on the road in March!

    SUWA's Midwest Field Organizer, Clayton Daughenbaugh, will be presenting in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri this March.  For more information or to schedule a slideshow in the Midwest, email Clayton at clayton@suwa.org

    SUWA's National Grassroots Organizer, Jackie Feinberg, will be traveling to New Jersey in March.  For more information or to schedule a slideshow along the East Coast, email Jackie at jackie@suwa.org.   

  • January 7th, 2010
    visit the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance website

    January 2010

    Here's what is happening this month with the redrock:
    1. 
    BLM oil & gas policy changes stem from SUWA's legal victories.
    2.  Wild lands in the Zion-Mojave region are still threatened by off-road vehicles.
    3.  Subscribe to Redrock Headlines!
    4.  New redrock bill cosponsors include Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME).
    5.  Find out if SUWA's slideshow and other redrock presentations are happening at a location near you.


    BLM Announces Policy Reform Long Sought by SUWA

    On
    Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Assistant Secretary Wilma Lewis and
    BLM Director Bob Abbey announced reforms to the agency's oil and gas
    program — based in large part on the result of SUWA's advocacy on these
    issues.

    The reforms
    include:

    — Curtailing
    the over-use of statutory “categorical exclusions” that exempted proposed drilling permits from analysis required under the
    National Environmental Policy Act.  BLM
    will now have to ensure that potential impacts to important resources such as
    wilderness and cultural sites are fully analyzed before issuing new approvals.  This reform stems from a lawsuit SUWA and
    others brought against BLM challenging the agency’s use of this short-cut around
    environmental laws.

    — Changing
    the way oil and gas leases are offered. 
    BLM has pledged to conduct an on-the-ground review of most individual land
    parcels being considered for leasing, increase public input in the leasing
    process and to offer special consideration to areas with wilderness, cultural,
    water and wildlife resources.  These
    policies stemmed from SUWA’s legal victory in January 2009 that halted the sale of 77
    controversial leases offered at Utah BLM’s December 2008 lease sale and brought the Obama administration’s attention to deficiencies in BLM’s leasing
    program.

    This long
    overdue announcement is a good first step to turning around the Bush
    administration’s irresponsible rush to lease special places in Utah.  We are still waiting to see how these new
    policies will be implemented in Utah
    to better protect the redrock.

    Click here to see the
    conservation community’s press release
    .

    Threatened Places: Zion-Mojave Wild Lands

     Square Top
    Square Top Mountain
     
    Butcher Knife
    Butcher Knife Canyon

    (Photos copyright Ray Bloxham/SUWA)

    Although
    the Washington County Growth and Conservation Act of 2009 protected much of
    Utah’s Zion-Mojave wilderness and SUWA supported the bill’s final passage, this
    legislation was not perfect.  Some
    deserving lands were left unprotected, including Dry Creek, Square Top, Butcher
    Knife Canyon, and the Beaver Dam Mountains. 

    With
    our Utah Wilderness Coalition partners and congressional champions, we fought hard
    to improve the Washington County bill.  Because it was a fight to the end, there was
    never any stated agreement between wilderness advocates and the bill’s proponents.   As a
    result the proposed wilderness lands omitted from the Washington County
    legislation remain in Congressman Hinchey’s America’s Red Rock
    Wilderness Act (ARRWA).  And we need your
    help to keep these lands wild.

    The
    Bureau of Land Management will soon create an off-road vehicle (ORV) travel
    plan for the area.   Please urge the St.
    George BLM office to protect proposed wilderness areas omitted from the Washington County bill,
    such as Dry Creek and the Beaver Dam Mountains.  Comments can be
    sent to:

    Bureau
    of Land Management — St. George Field Office
    Jimmy
    Tyree, Manager
    345 East Riverside Drive
    St. George, UT 84790

    Phone (435) 688-3200
    Fax (435) 688-3252
    Jimmy_Tyree@blm.gov
      

     

     

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    *New Cosponsor Spotlight* 


    Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

    Towards the end of 2009, the number of cosponsors of America's Red Rock Wilderness Act continued to grow.  Those recently signing onto to the bill are Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME).  If you live in any of the above districts, please thank your representative!

    For a full list of cosponsors, click here.  If your members of Congress are not on the list of cosponsors, please ask them to sign onto the bill by clicking here

      


    SUWA's Slideshow is Back on the Road in 2010!

    SUWA's multi-media slideshow presentation, Wild Utah: America's Redrock Wilderness, will be traveling across the country in January and February!

    SUWA's Midwest Field Organizer, Clayton Daughenbaugh, will be presenting in Iowa and Illinois in January and Missouri in February.  For more information or to schedule a slideshow in the Midwest, email Clayton at clayton@suwa.org

    SUWA's National Grassroots Organizer, Jackie Feinberg, will be traveling to Pennsylvania in January and Virginia and Pennsylvania in February.  For more information or to schedule a slideshow along the East Coast, email at jackie@suwa.org.   

    In addition to SUWA's organizers, dedicated Utah wilderness activists will be giving talks about the redrock around the country this year, including Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Washington this January and February.  Please see our slideshow schedule for more details.