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Red Rock Wilderness presentation


By Ranger Steve Mueller


Plan an evening of enjoyment with a presentation by Clayton Daughenbaugh titled “A Wilderness Icon: Utah’s Red Rock Canyonlands.” It will include a multimedia program narrated by Robert Redford. Sorry, Bob will not be here to present his portion of the program but it will add to Clayton’s information and spectacular images. 

The journey through red rock splendor will invigorate and motivate viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands. 

Clayton lives in Chicago but will speak to his own experiences as conservation organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and his concerns about current attacks on protected wilderness areas. Aspects of specific concern include President Trump and his administration’s efforts to repeal and replace the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, as well as reversing progress made to protect the largest unprotected wilderness area in the lower 48 states. 

I have been a member of the SUWA since its founding and have written about this special place in nature niche articles. The new species I discovered (Grammia brillians) in 2005 resides in this wilderness. I am confident other new species live in the fragile and unique environment. Come discover the wonders of a wild place that deserves protection from short term despoliation that will impair one of the most special places on Earth. The few wild places like this will become more important for future generations. They are currently vital for recreation, science, and wildlife. In the future, these values will become more significant if they survive.

With his varied professional background and on-the-ground experiences, Clayton brings a unique perspective to the topic. He has chaired the Sierra Club’s volunteer positions with conservation groups. 

“These public lands are among the most beautiful and most intact portions of Creation remaining,” stated Clayton of wilderness areas. “We have a great responsibility to act to protect these special places.”

This is a wonderful opportunity to see spectacular images of a place I refer to as Eden on Earth. 

Date: Monday 29 Oct 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m. social – 7:30 p.m. program

Location: Aquinas College, John Donnelly Conference Center

Speaker: Clayton Daughenbaugh

Topic: Wilderness Icon: Utah’s Red Rock 


Cost: No charge 

Directions: from north Kent County: Travel south on Northland Drive that becomes the East Beltline. After crossing I-96, turn right (west) on Fulton and travel to Woodward Lane on the Aquinas College campus. Turn left on Woodward (south) and proceed to the parking lot on the right. The parking is immediately south of the conference center. 

Map: https://www.aquinas.edu/sites/default/files/2017%20AQMap_OUTLINE_FINAL.pdf or use Mapquest.  

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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