Support Designation of Wasatch National Monument
Ski Utah and its Wasatch area ski resorts are trying to prevent the establishment of a National Monument or Conservation Management Area in the Central Wasatch, stating that establishing a conservation minded designation comes to the detriment of recreational opportunities in the Wasatch Mountains. This claim couldn’t be further from the truth! Nearly every conservation and recreation organization in the region has stated their support for the establishment of a National Monument or Conservation Management Area by working with our Utah delegation to establish these critical and long-overdue protections.
Ask yourself, what does a protected Wasatch look like? Join the conversation on our Facebook page. We at SOC believe we need to promote responsible recreation that protects the environment and our place in it against degradation of the resource.
As part of the protective designation of a National Monument, we are also advocating for the establishment of a recreation management plan – that provides opportunity for new trails, but perhaps more importantly, that puts a plan in place to maintain and upkeep the existing 600 plus miles of trails that exist from Parley’s canyon to the Little Cottonwood ridgeline.
These designations matter! Sign the Wasatch National Monument petition HERE! Sometimes the greatest protections come from belonging to a system which in part is why a National Monument remains in our minds the strongest designation for the protection of the resources – both recreational and environmental in the Wasatch. Read more on Monuments here.
Mountainous Planning District
Speaking of obstructionist ski resorts, a few weeks back YOU helped to establish a Mountainous Planning District that would bring back the alienated voice of all Salt Lake County residents to planning and zoning decisions in the Central Wasatch Mountains. While this district is now established in Salt Lake County, the law passed last year by the legislature (HB351S03) embedded a sunset provision that requires the UT Legislature take action this coming session in order to reauthorize the ability of Salt Lake County to have a Mountainous Planning District. YES, you’re reading this right, the ski areas successfully lobbied to put a sunset provision in the law establishing the MPD that nullifies the communities ability to be represented on land use issues – unless it is reauthorized this coming legislative session!
Which leaves us scratching our head about how Bob Bonar, Snowbird’s general manager, was quoted in last week’s Salt Lake Tribune as stating, “You’re making this forever for us. We can never get out from under the Mountainous Planning District… We are not on board… We are not in favor of the [planning district] without our voice being heard on something that locks us into a very unacceptable situation forever.“ S.L Tribune – S.L County planning district created over ski resort objections
Forever, to Snowbird, is potentially June 1, 2016. While forever to the rest of us looks a little like this!
Photo of (Forever, not so) Hidden Peak structure during construction
It’s these types of forever decisions that we believe our entire community should be party to making decisions about.
If you are a S.L County resident and registered voter interested in serving on the Mountainous Planning District, CLICK HERE. Mayor McAdams and the County Council will be appointing people to this district in the coming weeks.
On Sunday evening, surrounded by her family, one of Save Our Canyons pioneering spirits and champions of protection, Ann Dick passed away. Ann touched so many over the course of her rich life. She was an Olympic skier, where she first fell in love with the mountains, but others knew her as one of SOC’s first organizer’s and activists, the wife and partner in crime of Gale Dick, a teacher at Salt Lake City’s Rowland Hall, a naturalist with a Master’s degree in plant ecology, a humorous and compassionate advocate of both the Wasatch and the Great Salt Lake for their outstanding opportunities to embrace and interact with nature. She spent summers during her studies, studying plants and animals in Albion Basin, as a matter of fact, the Catherine Pass trail passes through a place called Ann’s Meadow, where she conducted some of her research. Thank you, Ann for all you’ve done for the Wasatch! We love you and will miss you dearly!
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PS. A heartfelt thanks to all of you that attended our October “Buy SOC a Beer” event at Campfire Lounge sponsored by Bohemian Brewery! With your support we raised over $2,200 to help further our efforts to protect the Wasatch Range! Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events.