Arches National Park, Utah: Photography by Ray Rasmussen
Utah's Canyon Country is for many of us an escape from our other world. But for future generations to reap the same enjoyment that we do, there are two considerations. First, make your personal practices when you visit such that, as the saying goes, you leave no footprints on the landscape. Second, consider helping to protect the parks and secure protection for parks for future generations.
Environmental Issues from Different Sources:
Unfortunately, the environmental politics of the canyon lands are difficult. We now have protection for great parks like Arches and Canyonlands because concerned citizens took action on our behalf in the past. Now it's our turn. Presently, there are battles over other equally spectacular public canyon lands that don't yet enjoy protection as parks.
United States organizations worth joining and/or donating to are:
What you can do to Help:
Periodicals Focused on Evironmental Issues in the West:
The Canyon Country Zephyr . A local periodical, the Zephyr often carries articles expressing a concern for the environment.
High Country News : A Western Newsletter focused on Environmental Issues.
Other Approaches and General Ecological Information: