Collaborating with our conservation, sporting, and recreation partners, we seek to bring lasting protection for southern Utah’s matchless public lands.
Clean water, clean air, free-flowing streams of snowmelt, lush fields of grass, craggy peaks and dark, damp forests — these characterize wilderness in the primal sense. Lands where natural processes dominate, where man is but a visitor, where the views stretch as far as one’s imagination, and where there is space to think, to walk in solitude and be renewed — these are wilderness.
Southern Utah’s peaks and high plateaus provide water — the gift of life to the iconic desert lands. The forest lands are also the wellspring of biodiversity for Utah’s internationally renowned national parks and monuments. The forested, high plateaus catch and hold the passing rain and snow, allowing the desert to blossom and communities and agriculture to thrive and prosper. These origins of life-giving water, these high-elevation repositories for native species, these providers of habitat, scenery, and seclusion have been largely absent from Utah’s public lands debate.
Our Utah Wildlands Program is working on long-term legislative solutions and administrative protections to address issues related to roads, off-road vehicles, recreation, and roadless area protection on southern Utah’s national forests, as well as on BLM and other important conservation lands.
In addition to policy solutions, we are working to give these lands a local voice. We are creating a new movement by supporting existing advocates and cultivating new ones to develop and execute a conservation agenda for southern Utah. We believe that building local networks, which effectively advocate for conservation and counter anti-environment rhetoric while holding public officials accountable, is essential to tipping the scales toward public lands protection in southern Utah.
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” —John Muir