In Southeastern Utah, one of the last major wild places remaining in the lower 48 sits teetering on a precipice of rampant industrial development. Home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, the Canyon Lands of Utah have become the playground of adventurous souls who love and appreciate the wonder of wild places. It has also become the target of greedy industrialists, who threaten to turn our treasured parks into islands, our canyons into roaring hydrocarbon highways and our rivers into endangered arteries among vast swaths of oil and gas development, uranium and potash mining bordering Canyonlands National Park.

This development is unnecessary. We do not need to sacrifice our best landscapes to satisfy our demands for fossil fuels. We must continue to work to preserve these lands. Unfortunately the local and state governments have turned their back to Utah’s concerned citizens (74 percent want the protection of wild public lands) and put their hands out to the industries that threaten these fragile landscapes, tapped watersheds and established recreation based economies. Will we have the will to save these lands before it is too late?.

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