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News Call to action from Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ram, May 1, 2017.

  1. Ram

    Ram

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    Call to action from Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners. Get involved if you support them please

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2nd, Congress will conduct hearings on what they are deeming Executive Branch Overreach of the Antiquities Act. Tuesday will be a national day of action in support of all of the national monuments under threat, but especially the Utah monuments, which are broadly considered the most vulnerable in this executive order.
    On Tuesday, we encourage you to contact DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke and your elected officials to share how you feel about this threat to America's most spectacular and protected landscapes. Zinke's email form:https://www.doi.gov/feedback and phone number: (202) 208-3100. He's on twitter @SecretaryZinke. Click here to find your elected officials.

    The outrage of the country is being heard, and last Wednesday, immediately after this outrageous executive order was issued, we hear that the Department of Interior was receiving an unprecedented number of calls per hour. We need to keep up the noise: our national monuments are our best legacy for the future and must remain as designated.

    For more information check out these articles:

    http://www.salon.com/2017/04/26/bad-news-bears-ears-trump-likely-to-order-review-of-obamas-national-monuments/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/25/zinke-to-review-large-national-monuments-created-since-1996-to-make-sure-the-people-have-a-voice/?utm_term=.d661a122b371

    https://morningconsult.com/opinions/americas-national-monuments-contribute-economy-support-small-businesses/

    We also invite you to participate in Our Monument, Partners' digital storytelling project. It's more important than ever that we share our stories about why Grand Staircase-Escalante is so important to us. Click here to learn how to participate and watch Executive Director Nicole Croft's story below.

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    Together we will #SaveGrandStaircase!

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    Committed to preserving and protecting the vast landscape of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


    Board Members
    President
    Noel Poe, Kanab, UT
    Vice President
    Tom Hoyt, Boulder, UT
    Treasurer
    Jim Page, Kanab, UT
    Secretary
    Mike Satter, St. George, UT
    Directors
    Dean Brooks, Boulder, UT
    Rich Csenge, Kanab, UT
    Gael Hill, Escalante, UT
    John Holland, Tropic, UT
    Tana McTeer, Kanab, UT
    Sage Sorenson, Escalante, UT
    Larry Spanne, Kanab, UT
    Advisory Council
    Marie Cloutier
    Janice Gillespie, Ph.D.
    Curtis Oberhansly
    Sandra Vavrek
    Staff
    Nicole Croft
    Executive Director

    Sherry Robinson
    Operations Manager

    Jeff Frey
    Site Steward Coordinator

    Katja Knoll
    Paleontology Lab Manager

    Emily Schrepf
    Outreach Coordinator

    Sue Fearon
    Private Lands Project Coordinator

    Stephanie Minnaert
    Public Lands Project Coordinator

    Contact Us:

    310 S 100 E #7
    PO Box 53
    Kanab, Utah 84741

    435.644.2724

    admin@gsenm.org

    www.gsenm.org

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  2. robert kyslovsky

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    Current administration has declared war on nature, science, and common sense...not to mention civility
    Save the wild places
    Oil, Coal...what a joke
    give me the power of the wind and sun
    give me the red rock
    leave my wild spaces be
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  3. hank moon

    hank moon lovely ligatures

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  4. Rapterman

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    Not just an 'environmental' issue, but an economic one:
    The outdoor industry in Utah (CANYONEERING!) produces more jobs than coal, oil, and gas extraction.
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  5. Sandstone Addiction

    Sandstone Addiction Headed South

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    Unfortunately, most of those jobs start at $7.25 per hour.

    Maybe you could start a sewing plant in Blanding, Escalante or Kanab and make some canyon packs here?
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  6. Rapterman

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    Hi Sandstone,
    We have considered it! (moving our company closer to the canyons).
    You raise an important issue, and one that confronts working people everywhere (and not just in rural areas of the southwest).
    How to earn a living / grow a future as many of the traditional 'extraction' industries begin to wither?
    If I were a youngin I'd head straight for Texas and train as a windmill tech. Fastest growing, best paying new career in America
    and ideal for smart, tough, dangling -200'-off -the -ground, rope loving canyoneer/climber types.
    OR become a master machinist. Ours works out of his garage. He could live anywhere.
    OR learn to be a commercial electrician. Everything is now about the electric grid.
    :)
  7. Rapterman

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    Thanks for posting Ram!
    your doi.gov link seems to be dead but you can google doi.gov then use the contact link at the bottom of the page.
    The phone lines are busy...
    And I am helping to keep them that way
    :D
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  8. Ram

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    Monumental Rally in Support of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments
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    This is an urgent call to action. Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments are in the cross-hairs. Join the Monumental Rally for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase this Saturday at 1 PM at the Utah State Capitol.

    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is coming to Utah to evaluate Bears Ears National Monument. It is critically important that Utahns show Secretary Zinke that we intend to defend these important places.
    Please#StandWithBearsEars and #SaveGrandStaircase by attending and bringing your friends to this critical rally!

    President Trump issued an executive order on April 26th directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review and make a recommendation about the future of Bears Ears National Monument within 45 days and of Grand Staircase in 120 days.

    Bring your #SaveGrandStaircase and #StandWithBearsEars and # signs. If you don't have a sign, pick one up at the event.

    If you're not in Utah, please encourage your friends in Utah to attend. We need to show Secretary Zinke and the Utah delegation that our Monuments are not up for debate!

    #StandWithBearsEars
    #SaveGrandStaircase

    Questions: 801-631-1384. Please share this event widely! Now is the time to act!

  9. AW~

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    I thought Utah was supposed to be boycotted by everyone to save the earth.
  10. ratagonia

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    And your source for this piece of propaganda?

    No, you cannot start a sewing plant in Blanding, Escalante or Kanab, because the unemployment rate is too low, and the available workforce is too small.

    Tom
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  11. Kuenn

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    Ram, thanks for the post and keeping us informed and called to action.

    These are scary times...for the past many years. Executive orders are not what I "paid" for...just too easy to excuse any action by saying, "I'm doing what the voters want." Only takes two voters to make that a credible statement.

    And for the record, I'm not a big fan of wind turbines either - cell towers with wings. They're hell on birds and bats, and I like'm both. Not to mention the unsightliness of a turbine farm. Taken a drive across Texas lately?

    I subscribe to Edmund Burke's philosophy with one proviso, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing or do the wrong thing."
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  12. hank moon

    hank moon lovely ligatures

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    Silly wabbit. Back in the day, good men did no wrong!
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  13. RossK

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    All done - with words and a photo (of an enlarged print of Zebra Canyon that sits on my lounge wall in the UK) now sent to the Our Monument e-mail.

    There can be few roads in the world that are as stunning to drive along as parts of highway 12 before anyone even sets foot in the wilderness.

    (I was going to send 2 more of my favourite photos, of Alstrom Point and Neon Canyon, but having looked at the map, am I correct that Alstrom Pt and all along the Escalante River are just outside GSENM and are in Glen Canyon NRA, although access to them goes through GSENM).

    By coincidence about an hour before reading this thread I posted these photos on another forum and have just counted that 13 are on GSENM and 6 were accessed via GSENM out of the 24. https://backcountrypost.com/threads/photo-highlights-from-an-old-utah-trip.6776/

    I wasn't going to post them here on CC as only a minority are of canyons, and those canyons are all easily hikeable, but bearing in mind this thread and the threat to GSENM, maybe I should?
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  14. robert kyslovsky

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    IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC LANDS!

    This Friday, the fate of many of our beloved public lands may be determined. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is expected to make his recommendations to President Trump as to the future existence of our nation’s largest National Monuments and/or their boundaries on June 10th, 2017. For all of us who cherish our public lands, it is imperative that we make our voices heard this week. Secretary Zinke has asked for public comments to help guide his recommendations. The comment period closes THIS WEEK. As a supporter of our public lands, your mission is simple. Go RIGHT NOW to www.regulations.gov and enter DOI-2017-0002 in the search bar. It is too late to comment on the Bears Ears National Monument, but PLEASE comment now on the preservation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which we believe may be targeted as the sacrificial offering to the Utah delegation by Mr. Zinke.


    With major press coverage on Bears Ears and the Native American pressure against its reversal, The Grand Staircase and its 1.9 million acres appears now as the most vulnerable to those who wish to appease the Utah delegation by returning state control to federally protected lands. Make no mistake, this would be a travesty for our land. Although they claim the monument was created by federal overreach, their true goal is complete unrestricted grazing, mining and extraction of resources in the crown jewel of our Conservation Lands System.


    Please make your comments specific to Grand Staircase-Escalante. Please make sure they are substantive and based in fact. The secretary has been directed to consider whether this area is appropriately classified as having historic or scientific interest, what the effect of its monument designation has been on multiple use according to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, local concerns, economic development and availability of resources to manage the designated areas. Please speak to these topics specifically if you are able. If you have visited this area and witnessed the economic growth being generated by the Monument (new lodging, restaurants, guide services etc.) you can speak to that. If you believe that the state of Utah has no history of responsible management of public lands in their control, choosing rather to sell or lease them off to the highest bidder over all other concerns, you can speak to that. If you’ve been to Moab and have seen the effect of uncontrolled expansion of motorized recreation and lack of environmental and resource protection that the state has allowed in that area as compared to the Grand Staircase, you can speak to that. Keep a copy of your statement as well.


    This is not a request for money. This is not a request for you to attend a protest or rally or to post signs or bumper stickers. Of all we have requested in recent months, this alone could be the action you make that has an impact on the future of this rare, sacred landscape so many of us hold dear. Please act now. Your voice matters. Thank you.

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    Dean Brooks Please share this after making your comments on www.regulations.gov! A simple "like" is not enough right now. Do more. Please. Read the whole post for guidance!
    Regulations.gov - Home
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  16. Rapterman

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    New phone number to cal Sec. Ryan Zinke:
    (202)208-7351
    :D
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  17. Deagol

    Deagol too many hobbies

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    It wasn't easy to figure out what to say, but I gave it my best shot....
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  18. robert kyslovsky

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    If you make your voice heard, on anything, whatever your take on the matter may be...then you stand tall. Keeping your mouth shut when you have opinions, however, you stand small. When it comes to environmental issues canyoneers, mountaineers, river runners, rock climbers, wilderness backpackers and backcountry enthusiasts of all types have an obligation to preserve and protect, and defend. The opposite would be to use it up, degrade it, disrespect it... and then stand idly by as individuals and corporations do the same. Stand strong, use your voice.
    Unlike the countless discussions on this forum about chopping or adding a bolt, or if the color of the webbing used at the last anchor was proper for the location, which often ramble on for pages... environmental issues and wilderness issues are real, significant, and everlasting issues which will will have ramifications forever.
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    There are two weeks left in the Department of Interior National Monument review public comment period. If you have had not had an opportunity to submit your thoughts, please do so today!

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    Photo by Tim Peterson, aerial credit to LightHawk

    This is an unprecedented opportunity for the American people to demonstrate their abiding love for our most spectacular and important public lands. The Secretary of Interior is specifically looking for information about the effect of the Monument on our economy, traditional uses such as ranching, the quality of the antiquities protected, and the size of the Monument.

    To submit your comments visit regulations.gov and enter DOI-2017-0002 into the search bar.

    Over the next two weeks, Partners will be sharing daily facts about the Grand Staircase via our social media.In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from last week:
    • 88% of Utahn's support leaving our national monuments as designated which is very important. Yet, these public lands belong to all Americans, and 99% agree that National Monuments should remain as designated.
    • Per capital income in the Grand Staircase-Escalante region experienced a 17% increase from 2001 to 2015. National Monuments are good for their gateway communities! (Headwaters Economics, 2017)
    • The Grand Staircase-Escalante is important for the future of healthy rangeland on the Colorado Plateau. The Monument represents an important infrastructure that facilitates broad-scale, applied research on issues of improved rangeland management and sustainability.

    Together, we will be able to preserve and protect the Grand Staircase-Escalante!

    Standing together,

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    Thank you for all you do to support Partners
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    Running out of time to comment!


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    There are only a handful of days left to get your comments in to the Secretary of the Interior regarding the review of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. At a recent town hall in Boulder, Utah, Representative Mike Noel expressed his opinion that President Trump is seeking a significant reduction in the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante.

    We have to use this opportunity to express why the Monument must remain as currently designated
    AND encourage 5 friends to do the same!
    Click to Comment


    Take a look at some of the recent Op-eds and Letters to the Editor urging Secretary Zinke to make no changes to the current boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante:

    Deseret News Op Ed - The fossils from Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument have made Utah world-renowned: Sadler Op-Ed

    Salt Lake Tribune Op Ed - Young leaders see value in preserving public land:
    Pok Op-Ed

    Salt Lake Tribune Letter - Zinke should make no changes to Grand Staircase-Escalante: JCroft LTE

    Deseret News Letter - Embrace monuments: Holland LTE


    Together, we can demonstrate the deep and abiding love that exists for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!
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