My job with Red Rock Brewing takes me to some great events, including the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Save Our Canyons! Founded in 1972, this non-profit organization has advocated for Utah’s open spaces in and around the Salt Lake metro area and the Wasatch Mountains that preside over it. With our expanding population, industry, tourism, and area ski resorts, it is vital that we have an organization willing to go to battle to defend our precious resources.
Save Our Canyons utilizes the public comment provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act to amplify the voices of Utahns who want to have a say in how our lands, mountains, and canyons are used. They educate the public, raise awareness, and get citizens involved in the planning processes at city, county, state, and federal levels. It is their mission to stare down the many and continuing threats further urbanization of the Wasatch Mountains presents.
In solidarity with their cause, the Natural History Museum of Utah hosted an event earlier this month to celebrate 50 years of hard work by Save Our Canyons and to raise money for current and future projects. It was gathering of people who live, work, and play in these mountains we call home – an opportunity to celebrate the outdoor spaces we love and pledge to do more to help preserve them. Good music, food, and drink set the tone while the donations from local businesses and sponsors provided ample opportunity for guests to give monetary support to the organization.
To learn more about current actions being taken by Save Our Canyons, check out the latest news and alerts listed on their website. The Forest Service has proposed a Recreation Enhancement Act Fee Program, UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation) has a plan to build a gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and there is a mining project looking to launch in Parley’s Canyon. Take action, become a member, and/or donate to Save Our Canyons today!