Wild Utah – Protecting Utah’s Redrock Canyon County

Date:  Sunday, April 27, 2014
Speaker:   Terri Martin, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Terri Martin is the Western Regional Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Formerly, she worked with the National Parks and Conservation Association for 15 years as their Rocky Mountain Regional Director. Terri 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. She is also a mother, which has taught her as much about life and relationships as her academic studies. Terri moved to Utah after discovering the red rock desert of southern Utah in 1973 when she traveled from Berkeley, California to work as a lifeguard at Lake Powell for the summer—and realized she had found her spiritual home in the canyon country.

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. For 30 years, SUWA has been a leading voice for protecting Utah’s red rock by its persistent and sophisticated advocacy for wilderness preservation. SUWA utilizes a host of actions: education, advocacy, litigation, research. It promotes both administrative and legislative initiatives to preserve wild lands on the Colorado Plateau.

“History studies often focus on infamous personalities and well-known events that are immortalized by multiple retellings over long periods; histories often supported by evidence well-removed from the actual events and lives of the participants and witnesses. This presentation will include little-known facts concerning well-known people, including Charles Lindberg, the famous aviator, and Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer. In addition, a possible answer to a mystery that remained unsolved for over 130 years, as well as a little-known material that helped the British establish an empire “over which the sun never set.” The goal of this presentation is to encourage individuals to explore history with an open and inquiring mind.”

Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
http://www.suwa.org, https://www.facebook.com/SouthernUtahWildernessAlliance, https://www.facebook.com/GreaterCanyonlands