Protect Greater Canyonlands From Rampant Environmental Destruction

Target: Juan Palma, Utah State Director for the Bureau of Land Management

Goal: Protect the Greater Canyonlands region of Utah from off-road vehicle damage

The regional natural treasures surrounding Canyonlands National Park are being threatened by a profound lack of protection. Off-road vehicle use, for example, has proven entirely unmanageable, resulting in soil erosion, crushed vegetation, and fragmented wildlife habitat. The quiet solitude that was once another trademark of the region is also being destroyed by noise pollution these vehicles produce.

With 1.4 million acres of Bureau of Land Management lands surrounding Canyonlands National Park, the Greater Canyonlands region is a testament to Utah’s natural splendor. The region is adorned with scenic plateaus, stunning geological formations, and important archaeological sites dating back as far as 10,000 years. This region is also home to several well-known Utah landmarks such as Labyrinth Canyon, Indian Creek, White Canyon, Fiddler Butte, and the Lockhart Basin.

Because it falls outside the boundaries of the national park itself, this region is not subject to the same National Park Service protection that is afforded Canyonlands National Park. This should not be an excuse to allow for the area to continue to be degraded by poor oversight. The Bureau of Land Management must step in and collaborate with the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to provide a cohesive measure of protection for the entirety of the Greater Canyonlands region.

This is a vulnerable ecosystem with many geological treasures. Unlike threatened animal life or vegetation that time and care may rehabilitate, geological landmarks become irreparable once damaged or destroyed. The only way to preserve them would be to take preemptive measures to ensure that the damage done by off-road vehicles, as well as other less careful visitors, will not leave a lasting mark upon the region. Sign this petition and demand that protective measures are implemented immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Palma,

The Greater Canyonlands region of Utah is a 1.4 million acre area stretching out around Canyonlands National Park. Unlike the national park itself, this region is owned by the Bureau of Land Management. In greater terms that means the BLM is thus tasked with its care and protection. The region itself is adorned with many scenic plateaus and stunning geological formations as well as several important archaeological sites dating back up to 10,000 years. This region is also home to several well-known Utah landmarks such as Labyrinth Canyon, Indian Creek, White Canyon, Fiddler Butte, and the Lockhart Basin.

However, these natural treasures are being threatened. Off-road vehicle activity throughout the region is proving entirely unmanageable. This activity is resulting in resulting in soil erosion, crushed vegetation, and fragmented wildlife habitat. The quiet solitude that was once a great asset to the region is being destroyed by noise pollution from these vehicles as well.

As it falls outside Canyonlands National Park boundaries, this region is at present not subject to the same National Park Service protection that is afforded the park itself. To use this as an excuse to allow the area to be degraded by limited protection and oversight would be a tremendous mistake. The Bureau of Land Management must improve protection of the area by collaborating with the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service in order to provide a cohesive measure of protection for the entirety of the Greater Canyonlands region, not just the national park itself.

This ecosystem is extremely vulnerable, once damaged or destroyed these geological landmarks become irreparable. No amount of protection after the fact can change that. The only true way to preserve this region is by taking proactive measures to ensure the damage done by off-road vehicles, as well as other less careful visitors, will not leave a lasting mark upon the region.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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