Since coming into office, President Trump has deputized Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of national monument designations like Bears Ears – a move that could result in the overturning of many existing public land designations. In response, @patagonia has purchased $700,000 in radio and television airtime in Secretary Zinke’s home state of Montana, as well as Utah, and Nevada, to run ads imploring the public to pressure Secretary Zinke to do the right thing and “keep public lands in public hands. In Patagonia’s almost 45 years of doing business, they’ve never run a television advertisement,” said the company in a press release. “But with America’s public lands under unprecedented threat, Patagonia continues its legacy of advocating for the planet by bringing its voice to the airwaves.” Watch more on theinertia.com/mountain #bearsears#publiclands#MTNlife
via @theinertiamtn: Since coming into office, President Trump has deputized Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of national monument designations like Bears Ears – a move that could result in the overturning of many existing public land designations. In response, @patagonia has purchased $700,000 in radio and television airtime in Secretary Zinke’s home state of Montana, as well as Utah, and Nevada, to run ads imploring the public to pressure Secretary Zinke to do the right thing and “keep public lands in public hands. In Patagonia’s almost 45 years of doing business, they’ve never run a television advertisement,” said the company in a press release. “But with America’s public lands under unprecedented threat, Patagonia continues its legacy of advocating for the planet by bringing its voice to the airwaves.” Watch more on theinertia.com/mountain
CALL TO ACTION: Save our National Monuments! Receive 20% on Edge of Morning or Red Rock Stories and share either (or both) with your Congressman and/or community educators. Link to purchase below. ~ On August 24, Secertary Zinke will make his final recommendations to eliminate or reduce 21 of our national monuments. Though the public comment period is over, you can still share your voice. Call Congress
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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) Fallen Roof ruin in #BearsEarsNationalMonument , Utah. This Anasazi ruin has 3 fully intact rooms and negative hand prints on the soot stained ceiling. These prints were created by spraying pigment from the mouth around their hand. By 1300 AD Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) had vanished from the area. These could go back to 1 AD or earlier. Bears Ears is one of several Monuments up for review under the current administration to possibly be rescinded in the coming weeks. Difficult question: will Monument status protect this ruin or drive tens of thousands to this spot possibly making it "loved to death"? Will rescinding open up huge tracts of land to oil and gas development spoiling this beautiful landscape? Hard questions on the ground here. For more images from this assignment follow @argonautphoto.
Native people of #Utah have been cultivating and cooking a species of wild potato for at least 11,000 years -- but it took scientists until this year to figure that out. "This potato illustrates in scientific and indigenous terms how important #BearsEars is to Native people, and it also helps us understand how important traditional knowledge is to the stewardship of public lands." Will @usinterior Secretary Ryan Zinke demonstrate as much wisdom as this potato? #StandWithBearsEars!
Learn more: www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/19/commentary-there-is-much-this-native-potato-can-teach-us
I am SO thrilled to report that I've been invited to an #outdooradventure guide training program for a residential treatment center at the end of next month, which means I'll get to explore lots more of this and hopefully after the training start getting paid to do what I love: be outside AND help people! Thank you so much to my friend who referred me to this position. It's an awesome opportunity for me also to release some of my own unhealthy attachments and relationships with toxic people #bravenewworld#PLP2017#freshstart#bearsears#nationalmonument#utah
As summer fades into fall, my mind starts to dream about trips to Bears Ears. You may not know that Bears Ears is the first National Park or Monument collaboratively managed by sovereign tribal nations, who possess 10,000+ years of experience stewarding this sacred cultural landscape. Native American Tribes demonstrated remarkable leadership spearheading the protection of Bears Ears National Monument in my home state of Utah. In response to the unnecessary and short-sighted Monuments review initiated by executive order, millions of Americans stepped up to call on @usinterior Secretary Zinke to honor the healing process of Bears Ears and recommend upholding the 1.35 million acre boundary in full. Tribes, Utahns, and the American public overwhelmingly support the continued protection of Bears Ears National Monument. Secretary Zinke, Bears Ears is America's chance to listen: #StandWithBearsEars!
I took a break from driving to enjoy the sunrise from off of Harts Point Road in the Indian Creek area of the Bear's Ears. I've logged a lot of miles in my FJ this summer. Two round-trips from the Desert Southwest to the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-five hours and 1600 miles of driving, each way. It's pretty easy, I'm a seasoned road warrior, I've got the routine down: everything in stackable containers, and a place for everything. Keep the stove and cookware readily accessible. Stop often, get out and have a look, walk around, talk to people. The back roads get you to the same place as the interstate, but are a whole lot more interesting. So, in two weeks I set out again for the PNW, except this time it's a one-way trip. Heading from Santa Fe to some yet-to-be-determined point on the coast by way of some yet-to-be-determined route across the desert, then slowly north, up the coast. No itinerary, just see what each new day brings. There will be challenges (god-damn, there's been nothing BUT challenges), but the rewards will be great. There's a certain something in the air when you're on the road, you can smell it, it smells like peace. It's the pine needles and hot dirt roads, it's the gas station asphalt under the late afternoon sun, it's the nose on a local microbrew, it's ground coffee on a cool morning, and, heading up the coast, it's the misty, salty air.
View (comma political) of the Day: somewhere in BENM. If you can drive across this place and still believe it should be abolished, then you, fine sir or madam, are smoking some potent crack cocaine. #roadtrip#funemployment#bearsears
Point Supreme in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Elevation 10,350 ft
Stoked to be in smokey but beautiful Montana. Got in a quick lap up the Skyline Arete in Gallatin Canyon. Gorgeous place to climb. Will have to come back with a rope! If you're in the hood, join me Thursday at 7pm at the Crawford Theatre for a talk about #BearsEars and #MonumentsForAll.