Utah Needs Us Feb 9, 2017

In the beginning of 2017, Patagonia penned a critical, yet warranted blog post about Utah and its connection with the outdoor industry. Then, last week, literally the day we got to St. George, Gov. Gary Herbert reached out to the Trump Administration, requesting the monument status of Bear’s Ears National Monument be lifted, allowing mineral and oil extraction to take place, resulting in Patagonia flexing its Outdoor Retailer muscles

In addition to this blow, the BLM has opened the land lease on the original Red Bull Rampage site in Virgin, Utah. After some commentary on Instagram, @ParkCityMountainBiking dropped a bit of insight on us:

“There’s a lot of folks here in Utah fighting the good fight, but we can’t do it alone and especially need those with a prominent voice and platform to push these issues to the forefront. Here are a couple of good places to start:

1. Public Comment on leasing of BLM lands (specifically the old Rampage site) – You can also use this link from the Sierra Club.

2. Defend Bear’s Ears National Monument (Use zip code 84032). Email is nice, but phone calls are better.”

So yes, Utah needs our help. If you have ever stepped foot on public land there, or taken part of your own kind of Rad Atavism, please take a few minutes and read the above two links. It’s gut wrenching to read headlines like this, but as cyclists and lovers of the outdoors, we need to do our share. Thank you.

  • sdotsloan

    Thanks for spreading the word! It’s unfortunate that our State and Federal leaders are so opposed to protecting Utah’s amazing natural resources. These are pretty dire times for those of us that call Utah home and value our state as more than a carbon-based piggy bank.

  • Ornotbike

    Done! Hopefully more companies will follow suit by pulling out of outdoor retailer and thus pressure Gov. Herbert to keep these natural monuments from being wrecked.

    • It’s crazy though… the hunting, recreational gun and fishing contingency pull in wayyyyy more $$$$ than OR – that’s the only reason the other bill got dropped.

      :-

      • Jesse

        HR 621 got dropped because of a massive backlash, mostly from hunters and anglers.

        It seems as though the rest of the outdoor community is, in general, lazy and uninterested.

        Very sad, considering how riled up cyclists get over petty, selfish issues; like bikes in Wilderness Areas.

        • That and the hunters / anglers have a lot of time and money….

    • arlcyclist

      Agree, it’s great when companies, big and small, use their influence to affect positive change. NAHBS is coming to Salt Lake City this year. I realize small framebuilders may not be in the same position as big companies like Patagonia when it comes to absorbing the cost of boycotting but that doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do.

  • Appreciate you sharing!

  • nateking

    We need Utah-based and affiliated companies/events/orgs to pressure state and local government to shift positions. As a native Utard, I’m all too familiar that the only thing the State Legislature and Gov. Herbert’s admin understands is money. This includes Mavic/ENVE/Amer, Backcountry/Competitive Cyclist, Reynolds, Skullcandy, Mercury Wheels, ROTOR, Smith Optics, and of course, the upcoming NAHBS show/exhibitors. It also means getting through to Interbike to ditch considering Salt Lake as a potential venue post-Vegas.

  • Jesse

    Here is a list of the current threats facing our Public Lands:

    http://www.trcp.org/2017/02/07/still-fired-up-h-r-621-ten-threats-public-lands/

    This list does not include bills aimed at the irresponsible expansion of extractive industries on public lands.

    Get involved. Call local and state representatives. We need to apply direct and endless pressure to our elected officials. They are supposed to represent us; not industry.

    Those who refuse to join the fight will be complicit in driving the final nails into the coffin of our Nation’s wilderness and open space.