Target: John Boehner (Speaker of the House), Nancy Pelosi (House Minority Leader), Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader), and Mitch McConnell (Senate Minority Leader)
Goal: Finally pass the Red Rocks Wilderness Act to protect the unique red rock environment in Utah.
The Red Rocks Wilderness Act was introduced into the House of Representative in 1985 by then Utah Representative Wayne Owens. In 1996 Senator Dick Durbin of New York introduced a similar bill to the Senate and has done so every Senate since. Nevertheless, this monumental wilderness act has not passed.
The red rock environment involved in this proposed act is home to numerous endangered species (both plant and animal), as well as extremely delicate ecosystems and archaeological sites (both known and unknown).
Commercial developments like mining projects and oil developments, as well as human interference like four-wheeling and off-trail hiking, threaten the future of these unique lands each year. Yet the Red Rocks Wilderness Act would work to limit human interference by restricting access to certain areas, as well as keep commercial developments from destroying this natural wonder.
Canyon Lands and Capitol Reef National parks protect a small portion of the area suggested in the Red Rocks Wilderness Act, but areas of incredible natural beauty such as Desolation Canyon, Cedar Mesa, Labyrinth Canyon, as well as lands within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, greatly need this expansion of protection.
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), the Wasatch Mountain Club, the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice.org, and many other environmental institutions already support this bill.
Please sign this petition and show your support as well.
To Whom it May Concern,
The Red Rocks Wilderness Act has been on the floor of both the House of Representatives and the Senate for 28 years. First introduced by Wayne Owens, this wilderness act would protect large swaths of the unique red rock wilderness in Utah.
This area is home to numerous endangered plants and animals, as well as very delicate ecosystems and ancient ruins. Four wheeling and even people hiking off-trail can significantly affect the sensitive natural balance achieved in these areas, so when commercial mining projects and oil companies commercially develop these areas, the damage is exponentially harmful.
The wild and natural lands in this country are quickly diminishing. Please ensure this bill finally enacted and the red rock environment in Utah is protected as it should be.
[Your Name Here]
photo credit: SUWA