Wasatch Environmental Update for April 16, 2017
By John Worlock, Member of the Board of Directors of Save Our Canyons
“Celebrating the Lone Peak Wilderness”
Wilderness! The USA has always had its wilderness. As the country grew westward from its colonial origins, there was plenty of real wilderness just beyond the border of what we call civilization. Wilderness provided space and sustenance for all the wild animals and plants as well as the original Native American peoples. As the European civilization pushed westward, most of the wilderness was plowed, fenced and devoted to agriculture and other enterprises.
But in the late nineteenth century, we began to set aside some special places to be protected from development. National Parks were created at Yosemite and Yellowstone. A Division of Forestry became the US Forest Service, now managing nearly 200 million acres of forest land. But as our population grew and wilderness diminished, the need for true wilderness protections led to the Wilderness Act of 1964, allowing Congress to designate unspoiled portions of the country as official wilderness, with this succinct and poetic definition: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Over 100 million acres, in 44 states and Puerto Rico are so designated today.
This weekend, on Saturday April 22, Save Our Canyons will host the 15th Annual Lone Peak Wilderness Celebration, commemorating the establishment of Utah’s first bit of designated wilderness in 1978. Save Our Canyons is proud of its part in the years-long campaign that led to that success, as well as our constant activities since then in protecting the wildness and the beauty of the Central Wasatch canyons, peak and foothills.
OK. Time to get serious. The 15th Annual Lone Peak Wilderness Celebration, hosted by Save Our Canyons at the Falls Event Center at Trolley Square. Saturday, April 22 from 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy the company of a committed and engaged Save Our Canyons community.
Music by Wendy Summers Jazz Quartet, nourishment by Mazza Middle Easters Cuisine, and drinks by Beehive Distillery and Redrock Brewing. Go home with a trophy item from a silent auction.
Call now to reserve your place: 801-363-8293. or tickets HERE