Extracted from an article published this week by Anna Quinlan: Stated by Carleton Bowekaty, co-chair of the Bears Ears Commission of Tribes. “The proposed reduction in size would leave thousands of sites more vulnerable to vandalism, compromise the integrity of the landscape as a whole, and disrespect the unified voices of tribal nations that have consistently called for Bears Ears to be protected.” “We are prepared to challenge immediately whatever official action is taken to modify the monument or restructure any aspect of that,” Ethel Branch, attorney general of the Navajo Nation told Reuters.
Until President Trump actually takes any concrete action, like officially redrawing the boundaries of the monument, there is no basis for a lawsuit from @patagonia or the Navajo Nation, or any other group that opposes the proposed changes.
If and when he does assert such action, however, opponents argue that he would be in violation of the Antiquities Act, the legislation enacted by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 which allows the executive branch to designate national monuments to protect objects of historical, cultural and/or scientific interest. #wilderness#nature#conservation#protectbearsears#grandstaircaseescalante#leavenaturealone#35mm#natureisnotaplacetovisititishome
That warm light on the red rocks is always so amazing. A great capture here by @b_moore.photography. Tag us in your best Utah photos, or use the hashtag #naturalutah to be featured.
4000 miles, 8 parks, 4 weeks sleeping under the stars. I've never experienced such freedom in my life. For me, this photo says it all: a truck full of food, gas, water, and gear, and a lonely dirt road to somewhere interesting.
Happy #FossilFriday !
This week, Kosmoceratops had a visitor. Łukasz Czepiński, from the Department of Paleobiology and Evolution at the University of Warsaw (@uniwersytetwarszawski), Poland, paid a visit to NHMU to get a closer look at this specimen.
Czepiński is studying intra- and inter-specific variations of ceratopsian dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia. He has traveled the world to examine collections, with his research taking him to Mongolia 🇲🇳 , China 🇨🇳 , Russia 🇷🇺 , Belgium 🇧🇪 , Hungary 🇭🇺 , and, of course, Poland 🇵🇱 .
The incredible specimen of a Kosmoceratops skull discovered here in Utah and housed at NHMU provided Czepiński with a great opportunity to study the region of the dinosaur’s snout. His research is focusing on some anatomical structures that are seen in both primitive and advanced ceratopsians, and seeing such a complete specimen in person was of great help.
Of NHMU, Czepiński noted “I am truly jealous of the wonderful specimens from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument you are housing. And, seeing that material on my own is an amazing experience.” Each year, NHMU’s paleontology collections are visited by up to 60 researchers from all around the world. 🦕🌎🦖
A little over a year ago, I sat around a campfire at the top of this wash in Utah, drinking copious amounts of whisky with a couple friends after our trip through the lower Paria. Sometime in the middle of the night I became dimly aware of the fact that I was in the bottom of the wash, and that I was in excruciating pain. At some point in between those two periods of awareness, I had fallen 18 feet and broken my back.
The next few hours are pretty fuzzy. I remember screaming for help. When no one came, I started to crawl out of the wash on my own. Eventually my friend Gouby heard me and helped me to the truck where I sort of slept for a few hours until he could drive me to the ER in the morning. From the ER I was flown in a helicopter (!!!) through Paria canyon (!!!!!!!!!) to a hospital where I had surgery to reconstruct my burst-fractured vertebrae.
Thanks to the love and care of my doctors, friends, and family, I’m completely healed. i can backpack, do yoga, swing a double jack. In fact I could do all of those things less than six months after the tumble. Which is wild.
Right before my second Paria trip, I went back to the spot where I fell. It’s crazy to stand there. I don’t really know why I’m sharing this right now, except that was one of the most important moments of my life, and I feel a deep need to revisit it and remember it. To not let the lessons learned fade away.
I broke my back and now I’m fine. And I feel like there’s a lot to be gleaned from that.
Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument... gorgeous place, goregous views, but may I offer a suggestion? Instead of Hole-In-The-Rock road, maybe you should change it to Hole-In-My-Tire road instead? Hyuck hyuck hyuck 😛 just a thought. Alternatively, Pain-In-My-Ass road would work also. At least I made it to Devil's Garden!
Friends and family: don't be worried. I got my tire patched this morning! All is well! Honestly I'm surprised this is the first flat during my entire trip.
Are your trails leading you to places like this? A great slot canyon capture by @william_huff_photography. Tag us in your best Utah photos, or use the hashtag #naturalutah to be featured.