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    Wilderness Talk by George Wuerthner- "Dream Big"

    He told neat stories, recounted the history of the fight for wilderness, pointed out the current threats, and told us : to spend a lot of time out in wilderness, gave us reasons to protect wilderness, told us to write letters to the editor and to read books by Bob Marshall, Olaus Murie, Sigurd Olson, and John Muir. Here is link that talks about a man who organized the grassroots to protect wild places and also by the way help society. https://wildernesswatch.org/1964-wilderness-act/brandymoveson Often organisations focus on the grassroots for awhile, but them go back to lobbying in Washington DC. This is a constant fight between the ones who Dream Big and the ones who worry about not making waves. Dave Brower left the Sierra Club to found Friends of the Earth, then left it to found Earth Island. Greenpeace often has local canvasers and protesters.   https://wildernesswatch.org/

    "Wilderness Under Siege" With George Wuerthner
    George WuerthnerGeorge Wuerthner, Wilderness Watch's Advocate-Organizer

    Use Poetic Religious Language to Connect with and Save Wildlife

    Geroge Monbiot says use words like nature, wildlife, life, beauty, awe of nature, "the silence when we watch wild animals",living planet, natural world, places of natural wonder, and ecocide instead of colorless economic terms. This is because certain words trigger responses.

    Here is his article:


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    Protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalente National Monuments

    You can comment at suwa.org/comment. Also, here is info from High Country News. Here is sample letter from Beverly Kurtz: "President Trump and Secretary Zinke, I have spent most of my adult life recreating in Utah. I am a hiker and river runner and I believe that the areas protected by Bears Ears and Grand Staircase – Escalante are invaluable national treasures that must be protected. As a trained archaeologist I have been thrilled by the amazing array of archeological sites that have been protected in these monuments. Even now those are often under assault by unscrupulous “pot hunters” – but at least the monument designation gives them some additional protection. The beauty of the landscape, the opportunity for solitude and connection with our wild heritage is beyond that found anywhere else in the world. There is a lot of misinformation being shared about how these monuments came into being and I implore you to look at the FACTS, not just the CLAIMS.

    • Although Native Americans are split on the issue of Bears Ears, leaders of the Navajo Nation and more than two dozen other tribes joined in requesting the designation of the monument. Six out of seven Navajo chapters in San Juan County officially supported designation
    • Polls showing that a majority of Utahns opposed the creation of the monument differed significantly from polls done when former President Obama’s name was removed from the polling questions – reflecting a general dissatisfaction with the president as opposed to opposition to creation of the monument.
    • The monument designations are not a federal “land grab”. There were significant public comment periods and participation by all stakeholders in gathering input on the planned designations. The administration had numerous exchanges with Utah officials and several top federal land management officials traveled to southeastern Utah, met with local officials and held a public hearing in Bluff that was attended by approximately 1000 people. All of the land designated was already managed by federal land agencies. No private, state or other land was “grabbed”.
    • In response to local concerns, Obama left nearly 600,000 acres out of the original proposal, land that holds potential for motorized recreation and extractive industries. Traditional Native American uses are explicitly preserved.
    I have personally been privileged to hike Comb Ridge and White Canyon in Bears Ears, Calf Creek and Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase – Escalante and many other smaller, less well-known areas. Grand Staircase was designated in 1996. Over twenty years have passed with growth trends in the surrounding areas with rising population, jobs and per capita income. Tourism is a healthy and mostly non-destructive economic boon to this area. No president has ever revoked a monument and there is no express authorization for such an act in the 1906 Antiquities Act. Our National Parks and Monuments are unique treasures of these United States, visited by millions of people from the US and abroad every year. Please do not sully our international reputation as protectors of wild and precious lands by abolishing or shrinking either of these national treasures."

    Bill to Sell Off Public Lands Is Stopped for Now

    After protests by environmentalists, politicians, hunters, and recreationists, the bad bill by Chaffetz to sell off 3.3 million acres of public lands was withdrawn. But the Republican Congress already made it easier to sell off lands by pretending they are worthless by forbidding the Congressional Budget Office from considering the income from the public lands. Article, Article Article article

    Bear Ears Nat. Mon.

    New Monument Protects Wild Canyons in Utah

    President Obama protected Utah canyonlands by designating the new Bear Ears National Monument. Native Bear Ears Nat. Mon.Americans have gathered medicinal plants, firewood, and carried out ceremonies there. Native Americans will be involved in managing this area. The area will be protected from oil and gas drilling and development. Please call your federal senators and representative, telling them not to repeal this and other national monuments, such as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Great article by Arnaud Dumont: article .