Dirty Devil proposed wilderness. Photo by Ray Bloxham.
Over the past 29 years, there has been one major reason why protection for Utah’s redrock wilderness areas has continued to move forward: YOU. Because of redrock activists like you, over 5 million acres of public lands in Utah now have some form of protection. But there is still more work to be done in order to ensure that Utah’s stunning redrock landscape is preserved for future generations to enjoy. America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act has stood as the ultimate vision of redrock wilderness protection since its introduction by the late Utah Rep. Wayne Owens in 1989. Throughout the years, congressional support for the bill has increased as more and more Utah wilderness supporters have asked their members of Congress to become cosponsors. In the the last Congress, 168 representatives and 23 senators signed on to the “redrock bill.” Now that we have begun a new Congress, we must build up that support once again. Already this year, anti-wilderness forces in Congress have begun to attack policies that could increase protection for Utah wilderness. This is why it is so important to demonstrate broad support for America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act; the best defense against anti-wilderness attacks is a long list of senators and representatives ready and willing to speak out in support of providing longterm protection for the redrock.