We cannot thank you, the member of the Citizens Committee to Save Our Canyons enough for your support! Peter Metcalf put the challenge out there to match donations up to $10,000 by 12/31/13 and you rose to the task. With your support we were able to far exceed the financial goal. The funds raised will help us to continue our work to fight for the protections of the places you value the most. The highest peaks and most solitary canyons of the Wasatch Mountains, canyons and foothills. These mountains continue to inspire and excite all those who visit them. Take the time this year to explore, experience and advocate for the beauty and wildness of the Wasatch Range. Thanks again from the staff and board of trustees here at SOC!
Below you will find Peter Metcalf’s letter asking for your support of SOC and our efforts to preserve the Wasatch Mountains, canyons and foothills.
Fellow Mountain Enthusiast,
As a life long climber, skier, and mountain enthusiast, I have built my life and Black Diamond around two basic tenets: build the best, most innovative product possible and protect the pristine public land that allows us to recreate, explore, and discover.
Now I am reaching out to you, to ask that you step forward in support of protection of the wild land around Salt Lake in an effort aligned with Save Our Canyons.
Simply, the Wasatch is at risk. I have learned as an advocate for beautiful places that you don’t get a lot of chances to protect them. If you don’t act in a timely manner, you inevitably lose, and what’s lost is lost forever.
The risk to the Wasatch is the loss of its unique wilderness qualities; its unrivaled accessible mountain recreation and splendor, and the source of the water we drink. It is our retreat–it provides us solace from the clutter of the valley and the noise in our lives.
I’ve spent considerable time in the mountains of Europe. I’ve learned from those experiences. Many of their mountains have lost the uniqueness of the Wasatch with their spider web of ski lifts and associated development. In my mind, we should not follow suit! We should work to protect what makes our Wasatch so unique, special and coveted.
Thus, I am personally providing $10,000 for a matching challenge. I will match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000, your donation in order to fund Save Our Canyons in their effort to protect the Wasatch from ill thought-out developments and any unsightly network of ski lifts that will diminish the overall value of the Wasatch.
Save Our Canyons has the track record, conscience and commitment to accomplish this task. Fight now to preserve the Wasatch or cede to the spoils of ongoing development and mechanization!
To be clear, I understand the value of the alpine ski industry to Utah. I am an avid participant in lift-accessed skiing myself and appreciate our world-class ski areas. However, we already have more lifts in a concentrated area in the Wasatch than anywhere else in the U.S.
At present, there is a strong push to add more and to connect all of the resorts. There may be a way to connect them but, in doing so, it has to be rational, part of other permanent protection plans, and take into account the millions of dispersed recreationists that visit the Wasatch backcountry across all seasons for a multitude of physical and emotional reasons.
We cannot afford to sacrifice the Wasatch! The outcry against SkiLink reflects the holistic appreciation of the Wasatch by the Utah populace. Further ill-conceived plans should follow the demise of that poorly thought out idea.
Utah already has seven premier ski resorts, more than 90 chairlifts, and 18,000 acres of lift served skiing. It is understandable that the resorts as businesses want to expand and connect but how they do so is our responsibility, our heritage, and legacy. It is our children and those that follow us to Utah that make this responsibility so tangible. We need to protect public lands and pass on the legacy of multiple use in our backyard, keeping it unscarred by further ongoing development.
Those that follow us should enjoy the mountain environments we are so privileged to access in the Wasatch. I urge you to join in and match my sentiments and money. Donate today and help preserve the Wasatch! Give by December 31st and double the impact it will have on protecting the Wasatch!
Thank you in advance for your attention to this important concern.
Black Diamond Inc.
PS. Contributions received by December 31st will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Your donation of $50, for example, will be matched by a $50 contribution for a total of $100! Donate now and DOUBLE the impact of your gift.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Your donation will help SOC:
Advocate for the protection of the Wasatch as part of the Wasatch Summit effort
Educate the community about the many projects currently facing the Wasatch
Develop the next generation of wilderness stewards, leaders and advocates
Collaborate with government agencies, politicians, the business community and other organizations to support a sustainable economy that respects the Wasatch.