I have to admit that I am having a hard time focusing lately in part due to the situation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and because of the other attempts to grab public land in the West. We need to keep America’s public lands in public hands. The state of Utah couldn’t afford one year of fire fighting efforts if it was to take public lands from us so they would sell off public lands to the highest bidders.
I photograph a lot on public lands in the West Desert and I don’t want to be restricted from accessing those areas, I don’t want the rest of the people of this country being restricted from using those lands either.
This adult Sage Thrasher with prey was photographed on public lands in Tooele County in one of the canyons of the Stansbury Mountains last July. I was able to pull my Jeep off to the side of the gravel road and photograph from my “mobile blind” this adult as it found prey for one of its young without disturbing it.
The Stansbury Mountain range contains the Deseret Peak Wilderness, is part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands and who knows what would happen if the state of Utah took control of it. People use this area for leased grazing cattle, recreation, hiking, mountain biking, camping, bird watching, wildlife viewing and photography and more. We need to do everything we can to keep this land in public hands to protect and preserve it for the wildlife in the area and for future generations.
Life is good.