Izaak League to host ‘America’s Red Rock Wilderness’

Published 9:18 am Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Izaak Walton League is drawing on the experience of one all the way from Utah to learn a little more about conserving the land.

The speaker, Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will present “A Wilderness Icon: America’s Red Rock Wilderness,” at 7 p.m. April 7 at Todd Park.

The program includes “Wild Utah,” a multi-media slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This 15-minute journey through red rock splendor, narrated by Robert Redford, motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands. It was made possible through donation of photos, music and words from concerned Utahans who wish to pass this heritage on to future generations.

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The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and its partners in the Utah Wilderness Coalition seek to gain local support for the “Citizens’ Proposal” to protect wilderness areas in Utah’s red rock canyon lands. Comprehensive legislation is pending in Congress, and administrative decisions by the White House and the Department of Interior are ongoing.

“These are spectacular public lands owned by all Americans. As citizens, we have a great opportunity to act to protect these special places,” Daughenbaugh said.

Daughenbaugh also serves as the volunteer chair of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlands Committee.

For more information, contact Clayton Daughenbaugh at claytonhd@xmission.com.

Public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the presentation.