Just before the holidays, a coalition of conservation organizations — the Sierra Club, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Grand Canyon Trust, and Great Old Broads for Wilderness — sent a letter to Utah Governor Gary Herbert urging him to “support the creation of a transparent, fair, public process” to discuss a potential Greater Canyonlands National Monument in southeastern Utah.
Can you add your voice to the letter by emailing Governor Herbert today?
The conservation letter was sent in response to a November 14, 2012 letter to President Obama from Utah delegation members Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, which called for public stakeholder processes to discuss public lands issues.
In the letter to Governor Herbert, leaders of the conservation community write: “We support the call for executive action to protect Greater Canyonlands. And like those members of the Utah delegation, we also support the creation of a transparent, fair, public process to achieve this. Such a process is something your office should encourage.”
The letter continues: “An open process must include public hearings along the Wasatch Front and in communities closest to Greater Canyonlands and must also welcome input from all Americans, whose stake in this landscape is equal to that of Utahns. It must invite meaningful input from the general public and all stakeholders . . . [and] it must include an experienced, credible and neutral facilitator.”
SUWA and the conservation organizations that make up the Greater Canyonlands coalition believe a fair and transparent public process is a great way to show that Utahns and Americans from all 50 states believe Greater Canyonlands is worth protecting. Please tell Governor Herbert to begin a public process by clicking on this link: action.suwa.org/GCprocess.
Thank you for everything you do.
Legislative Director Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance