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Kya Marienfeld, Clearcutting Grand Staircase on Get An Earful

By September 27, 2019 September 30th, 2019 No Comments
Foreground to background: White Cliffs, Skutumpah Terrace, Pink Cliffs, in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Photo Ray Bloxham/SUWA.
 

There was a recent victory in the pro-wilderness world – a plan by the Bureau of Land Management to clearcut more than 30,000 acres of pinyon-juniper forest and sagebrush stands within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was overturned by a federal appeals board. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, along with the Western Watersheds Project, the Wilderness Society, and the Grand Canyon Trust brought the appeal. On the extended newscast, SUWA wildlands attorney Kya Marienfeld speaks about this victory, the history of ripping out pinyon-juniper forest, and what placing more attention on these issues could mean for the future. 

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