Organization emerges for Arches, Canyonlands parks

Photo by Christopher Tomlinson—Delicate Arch is seen in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks will have its first public meeting Saturday at the La Sal Mountain Overlook in Arches National Park. The organization was started by the family of Bates Wilson, who served as superintendent of Arches and Natural Bridges National Monument from 1949 to 1972



The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks will launch the organization this month with a free event in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

The organization was founded three years ago by the Bates Wilson family.

Bates Wilson served as superintendent of Arches and Natural Bridges National Monument from 1949 to 1972.

Since the association was founded, the Wilson family and Executive Director Joette Langianese have been developing the structure of the organization and implementing programs.

“Even though we have existed for some time, we have never launched the organization to the public,” Langianese said.

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands offers several programs that allow volunteers to help the National Park Service care for the lands, Langianese said.

The signature program of the Friends is the site stewardship program that allows volunteers to aid the Park Service in preserving resources in Arches and Canyonlands, plus Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.

Charles Wilkinson, a law professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and an author, will speak at the unveiling of the organization at 4 p.m. Saturday at the La Sal Mountain Overlook in Arches National Park.

The event is open to the public.


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