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  •   Arches, Abbey, & America's Red Rock Wilderness (14+ / 0-)

    Ed Abbey's wonderful book, Desert Solitaire, was years ahead of its time, both in his celebration of the natural world of Utah's canyon country and in his rants and warnings about industrializing our public lands.

    Besides that, he had a wonderful way with the English language. Aside from his non-fiction like Desert Solitaire and Down the River, he wrote plenty of fiction based in the southwest, The Monkeywrench Gang perhaps the best known. One of his first books, The Lonesome Cowboy, is one of his best. It was made into a movie with Kirk Douglas called Lonely are the Brave.

    As you note, Rich, Arches started out as a National Monument, as many of our most precious National Parks have, because of Congressional opposition to protecting our land from exploitation.

    Just down the road from Arches is Canyonlands National Park, but much of the public land surrounding these two parks remains unprotected.

    See this PDF of the Greater Canyonlands threats.  

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:52:30 AM PST

    •  America's Red Rock Wilderness Act (13+ / 0-)

      is a bill in Congress that would permanently protect over 9 million acres of wilderness on BLM land in Utah. Despite wide public support, and particularly among Democrats in Congress, it has never moved in either the House or Senate, because of opposition from the Utah Congressional delegation, and among Republicans in general.

      For more info see  America's Red Rock Wilderness Act

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:01:49 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for the reminder. . . (12+ / 0-)

        and I think SUWA is moving a bit faster on this important act. I wish the same for the San Rafaeal Swelll, too, and I know why this Wilderness Act is not getting promoted by either party...and you do, too, willyr. It's that damned anti environmental fossil fuel enterprises that prefer choking the atmosphere, killing us all, and telling us how much we need this abundant fuel. . .and if it so damn abundant, then why do these jackasses have to continually spoil environments, such as in this part of SE Utah? The question is rhetoric. Seriously, these people will do anything to tell their lies, to line their pockets, and to screw up the atmosphere because everyone needs a car and gas and such, and to hell with the planet. Well, that's exactly what's going. Where in the heavens is the backing for alternative energy, MR. OBAMA. . .and the dunderheads in Congress that continue to downplay such. Oops, my diatribe and thanks for encouraging me to vent. You did, didn't you? As always, thanks for posting your comments.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:26:40 AM PST

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    •  You have hit a sensitive spot. . . (12+ / 0-)

      willyr. . .given my reply to your ensuing comment. Most people coming to this part of SE Utah are not tuned into what you and I and a relative few others know. One of my reasons for even submitting these diaries to the community is to draw more awareness about such matters. That's exactly what the initial Glen Canyon-Lake Powell diatribe series intended to do, and it looks like there was a huge following, as support, for same. Now I hope the Canyonlands and Arches diaries does the same, and it will, because there are sound environmental minds, like yours, adding such important commentary. And I thank you for reminding all of us of such threats. Keep it up!

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:30:03 AM PST

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