Lecture On Past, Present And Potential Future Of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Oct. 6

Cedar Mesa Ruins 2. Photo by James Kay

PEEC News:

Some of the most stunning landscapes in the US are found in the red rock canyon country of southern Utah, yet, most of this magnificent region lies unprotected.

Terri Martin from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will show stunning images of Utah’s red rocks Tuesday, Oct. 6, as she tells the story of a citizens’ campaign to protect this area, an important resource for outdoor recreation and history. This lecture is 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. Participants also will see a short film about the red rock region, narrated by Robert Redford.

How long will this wilderness be available for public use? The red rock canyon country contains spectacular geologic formations, cliff dwellings, and petroglyphs. Martin and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance are working to preserve these landscapes. We can help! For those who are interested, she will explain how to get involved to preserve the red rock landscapes for future generations.

The red rock desert of southern Utah won Martin’s heart in 1793, when she worked at Lake Powell for a summer as a lifeguard. Since then, she worked at the National Parks and Conservation Association for 15 years as their Rocky Mountain Regional Director before becoming the Southwest Regional Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the position she holds today. Martin has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in Environmental Design and a Masters in Communication and Conflict Studies from the University of Utah.

The mission of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is the preservation of the outstanding wilderness at the heart of the Colorado Plateau and the management of these lands in their natural state for the benefit of all Americans. SUWA promotes local and national recognition of the region’s unique character through research and public education; supports both administrative and legislative initiatives to permanently protect the Colorado Plateau wild places within the National Park and National Wilderness Preservation Systems, or by other protective designations where appropriate; builds support for such initiatives on both the local and national level; and provides leadership within the conservation movement through uncompromising advocacy for wilderness preservation.

Martin’s talk Tuesday is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.