The Greater Canyonlands region, which includes 1.4 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) lands surrounding Canyonlands National Park, is a landscape of plateaus, stunning geologic formations, 10,000 year old archeological sites, and unmatched natural beauty including iconic Utah landmarks such as Labyrinth Canyon, Indian Creek, White Canyon, Fiddler Butte, Robbers Roost, Lockhart Basin and the Dirty Devil River.
However, off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the area has too frequently proven unmanageable, with increasing soil erosion, noise, crushed vegetation, degraded streams, and fragmented wildlife habitat. Visitors to the area who do not use ORVs, and who comprise the vast majority of visitors to Greater Canyonlands, are finding it increasingly difficult to experience the natural quiet, solitude and beauty of the area. The region is also threatened by oil and gas leasing northwest and east of the park, tar sands proposals to the west and south, and potash development to the east - activities which threaten not only the integrity of the wild lands surrounding the park, but also the viewsheds and air quality within park boundaries.
Protecting Greater Canyonlands would facilitate a complementary and consistent management approach to lands managed by the BLM, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. Giving heightened protection to the most valuable and vulnerable places, will give these ecosystems their best chance at long term health, especially in an era of rapidly changing climatic and environmental conditions. Please take a moment to let Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley know you support protection for the treasured landscape of Greater Canyonlands.
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