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Protect Greater Canyonlands

The treasures held by the Greater Canyonlands region are irreplaceable and under threat. We must ask ourselves: "Are we willing to sacrifice this landscape for less than a month's worth of fossil fuels, or will we demand a lasting legacy for the Greater Canyonlands region by protecting this wonderland for future generations?"

You Can Help Create a Greater Canyonlands National Monument!

Southeastern Utah's Canyonlands are one of a kind. Their soaring peaks, deep canyons, otherworldly hoodoos and swift rivers have captured the imagination of millions of visitors from all over the world.

Only the smallest core at the heart of this remarkable country is protected as Canyonlands National Park. The 1.8 million acres of outstanding public land around that core are gravely threatened.

Oil and gas development, potash, uranium, and tar sands mining and irresponsible off-road vehicle use are all chipping away at our collective responsibility to preserve this world treasure. Click here to view the threats surrounding Canyonalands.

BUT YOU CAN HELP! Click here to urge President Obama to protect this vast and globally significant region for the ages. Help us to set aside one of the last large roadless areas remaining in the lower 48.

First envisioned as part of a 4.5 million acre protected area by Interior Secretary Harold Ickes in 1936, the much smaller 257,000 acre Canyonlands National Park area was designated by Congress in 1964. Originally drawn under political pressure from developers, the Park's straight-line boundaries make little sense when viewed from the air or even from vistas like the Needles Overlook.

Many areas that any fair-minded observer would consider prime landscape were left out of the park. Local politics still have a strong impact here, and the oil and gas and other extractive industries are actively fighting the protection of these public lands.

Just outside Canyonlands National Park, rapid industrialization is changing the character of the place and the visitor experience, all while threatening valuable wildlife habitat and water and air quality. By creating a new Greater Canyonlands National Monument around the national park, we can halt the threats of short-sighted energy development while protecting the Colorado River for 40 million people downstream.

Today, we have the chance to finally realize the original vision for Canyonlands as a world-class protected area in the heart of redrock country. A national monument for one of the largest unprotected wild places in America would benefit not only the regional economy and ecology, but all Americans for generations to come.

Learn more about our Greater Canyonlands Film and the Greater Canyonlands Coalition.

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Click here to access reports and other Greater Canyonlands publications.

Terry Tempest Williams. Debra Anderson.

Terry Tempest Williams

America's National Parks Versus Its Natural Resources

Conde Nast, April 2012

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