Presentation features Utah red rocks country

Those interested in the future preservation of Utah’s red rock lands may want to catch an upcoming presentation at Mesa State College.

Terri Martin, western regional organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will present a multimedia slide show about the nearly 9 million acres of Utah land that her organization thinks should receive federal wilderness designation as soon as possible.

A federal wilderness designation would restrict off-road vehicles or dirt bikes and would prohibit industrial development. It would preserve the wilderness in its natural state per the 1964 federal act.

The land Martin will talk about basically consists of the entire southeast side of Utah and includes areas near Lake Powell and red rock canyon areas outside Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.

The uniqueness of Utah’s red rock wilderness draws flocks of visitors from western Colorado every year, Martin said.

In fact, parking lots in the area in March commonly have more Colorado than Utah license plates, she added.

The value Coloradans place on red rock canyons prompted Martin to visit Grand Junction.

Her presentation, narrated by actor and Utah resident Robert Redford, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, in Mesa State’s Maverick Center Auditorium Room 155. (The Maverick Center is the new athletic building).

Admission is free.

For more information on Martin’s presentation and the red rock canyon area and the federal wilderness designation Martin and other Utah residents seek, go to

— By Melinda Mawdsley


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