August 30, 2018
Recently I've begun to set aside a couple hours each week to stay informed and take action. I'll read the news, check in on various issues, and write letters to my representatives. It's not always easy and not always fun, but it's important. All of the issues surrounding the protection of public land doesn't mean a whole lot unless we actually do something about it. So, here's a few ways you too can make moves.
These issues pertain to lands surrounding the Hayduke Trail and beyond. I'll update as new information comes to light.

RIGHT NOW: Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund
If you do one thing let it be this! The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been the bastion of conservation programs in America for 52 years. It takes a small percentage of profits from offshore drilling (those guys are making a bajillion dollars anyway) and directs it to conservation programs in YOUR state. Yes, yours—all 50 states, and nearly every county within them, have benefitted from this program. It's like free money for nature! The wildly successful program will expire soon unless you tell your representatives to prioritize its reauthorization.  TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO REAUTHORIZE THE LWCF >

THRU SEPT. 10: Leave your comment on uranium quotas
This ones comes from the Native American Rights Fund (more about them in a minute) and is specific to Bears Ears National Monument. Remember those maps that showed the connection between uranium and the monument boundary reductions? Here's where that comes into play.  LEARN MORE >

ON SEPT. 11: Join the BLM's parcel auction protest in Salt Lake City
The Bureau of Land Management is about to auction off land for energy development very close to Canyonlands National Park and Deadhorse Point, and people are protesting. Development in this area will be a huge loss for these iconic landscapes.  JOIN THE PROTEST >

THRU NOV. 15: Comment on the BLM's management plan for Grand-Staircase Escalante
Because the monument boundary reductions are tied up in court (and probably will be for a while), the BLM shouldn't be creating any new management plans. It's a waste of their time and a waste of taxpayer money. Draft plans for GSENM have been released and the public comment period is open.  MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD >

ANYTIME: See how your local politicians fare
The Outdoor Industry Association has put together some really rad resources to get yourself informed. This "scorecard" is a really handy tool to look up your local politicans' voting history on recreation and public lands issues. Start using this tool now so you are prepared for November elections!  GO >

ANYTIME: Explore advocacy opportunities in your area
Another one from the Outdoor Industry Association. Here you can look up issues in your particular area to find ways to get involved, right now, on-the-ground.  DO IT! >

These organizations are always worthy of your support
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is a nonprofit focusing on preserving Utah's red rock country and beyond. They are consistently abreast of issues pertaining to wilderness areas all over the state and do an excellent job to inform and engage their supporters. Spend some time on their website and you can learn a lot about current issues. If you are unable to donate, join one of their service projects! They host several day-long and overnight projects all around the state.  SUPPORT SUWA >
The Native American Rights Fund does all kinds of work to serve underrepresented groups and fight for Native American rights, and they're very active in the fight for Bears Ears, a culturally significant area to four local tribes.  SUPPORT NARF >
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is one of the few organizations with the potential to bridge the culture gap between hunters and recreationists. After all, we're fighting the same fight, aren't we? This group fights hard to preserve wilderness areas and to make themselves heard before Congress. They deserve your money.  SUPPORT BACKCOUNTRY HUNTERS AND ANGLERS >
In May 2017 I spent one week volunteering with Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners and Wilderness Volunteers deep in Escalante Canyon, clearing the invasive Russian Olive tree, and it was a formative experience for me. They do excellent work. Based in Kanab, the mission of GSEP is to promote the scientific, cultural, and historical value of the monument—and to ensure those resources continue to be protected.  SUPPORT GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE PARTNERS >
EarthJustice is leading the lawsuit against the current administration for illegally shrinking Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. If you want to contribute directly to that fight, this is the place to do it.  SUPPORT EARTHJUSTICE >
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