Utah is a special place, home to some of the country’s most beautiful national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands and Bears Ears National Monument. But if the energy industry gets its way, this beautiful landscape will be marred by oil and gas development right at the doorsteps of these national treasures.
Let Governor Herbert how much these and all parks in Utah mean to us and ask him to urge that BLM cancel these leases so close to Arches, Canyonlands and Bears Ears. Send your letter to Governor Herbert right now and urge him to protect Utah’s national parks!
Protecting Canyonlands National Park
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a national park advocate and Utah resident, I'm urging you to protect Canyonlands National Park from oil and gas leasing.
People travel from all over the country and the world to see Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Bears Ears National Monument making them a major long-term economic driver for the state of Utah, particularly for rural Utah. They are also part of an irreplaceable red rock landscape sacred to numerous tribes and treasured by Utahns and visitors alike. Yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is threatening to industrialize that landscape by offering leases on tens of thousands of acres of public land for sale to oil and companies at the doorstep of these protected places. This proposed lease sale would be a damaging idea even in normal times. But to offer these leases during a global health crisis, when rural communities are just trying to stay safe and healthy while restarting their economies, cuts those local voices out of the process. Even more confounding, BLM is offering these additional leases to industry while also granting royalty relief on existing leases in the exact same area, creating a lose/lose scenario for Utah and the surrounding communities. If BLM moves forward with their proposal, their decision could have far-reaching negative impacts to the region's long-term outdoor recreation economy and overall visitor experience. As a Utah resident, I urge you, Governor Herbert, to request the BLM and Department of Interior deny this egregious request by industry and cancel the sale. Thank you for considering my views,
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]