I wanted to share this picture from Tom Till with you:
The photo is of Hatch Point — just east of Canyonlands National Park. Hatch Point is famous for its majestic redrock cliffs and vast views of the Canyonlands basin. Lucky visitors can spot the pronghorn, desert bighorn sheep, peregrine falcons, and other high desert wildlife that make the area their home.
But the integrity of Hatch Point and the Canyonlands basin it overlooks is threatened by existing oil and gas development and potash mining. And in December 2008, the Bush administration attempted to open up even more oil and gas leases on BLM wilderness-quality lands in Hatch Point. While those proposals have been put on hold by current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, without meaningful protection there is no guarantee that future administrations will not again attempt similar proposals that would permanently destroy the untrammeled beauty of the area.
Places like Hatch Point are what people are talking about when they ask President Obama to protect Greater Canyonlands — the 1.4 million acres of BLM land surrounding Canyonlands National Park that currently lack meaningful protection.
Will you take just a moment right now to email President Obama and add your voice to the thousands of people who are asking the President to protect Hatch Point and hundreds of places like it by creating a Greater Canyonlands National Monument?
We need your voice to help protect Hatch Point today and for future generations.
Thank you for taking action.