Save Red Rock the Crown Jewel of the Mojave
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a gorgeous canyon nestled just 15 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada away from all the glitz, glamor and mayhem of the Strip. It showcases large red rock formations, a set of sandstone peaks known as the Keystone Thrust. Climbers, hikers, bikers and any outdoor lover will find a beautiful haven at Red Rock, and that’s why it needs your help to defend against a developer who wants to rezone a hill nearby for housing.
A group of highly committed locals, conservationists and recreationalists who want to preserve the rural character of the canyon, known as “Save Red Rock”, has been diligently fighting against the developer looking to build more than 5,000 homes on land adjacent to the conservation area. Commercial developments in this area could adversely impact the environment and would alter the peace of visiting Red Rock.
We need places like Red Rock to escape to in order to center ourselves and leave the stress and daily grind behind for a while. These days no public land seems to be safe, and many of the places some of us escaped to as kids are no longer in existence as homes or commercialization have replaced it. With the rise of technology and overwhelming electronic devices inundating our lives, it’s becoming more vital to find sanctuary in the outdoors to leave that bustle behind.
In addition to Red Rock being a refuge for humans, it’s also home to countless wildlife including mountain lions, desert bighorn sheep, bobcats, desert tortoise, 200 bird species, and more than 600 different species of plants. Despite the efforts of respected local elected officials, hikers, climbers, cyclists, environmentalists and businesses, Clark County Commissioners recently voted in favor of the project which prompted further litigation from Save Red Rock.
Just the other day President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review national monument designations going back 21 years. This order jeopardizes at least two dozen national monuments. This continues the fight over the future of public lands, and the protection of some of the most special wild places seems to be dwindling more and more each day.
Right now is the time to make your voice be heard and support in this battle to not only save Red Rock but to fight to keep our national monuments protected and preserved. Join like-minded outdoor adventurers and outdoor forces such as Mountain Hardwear and powerhouse, Patagonia, in helping protect this sacred places. These lands need our help NOW.
For more information regarding saving Red Rock, please visit their Web site. For more information on how to help or be an advocate for our national monuments, please visit the National Parks Conservation Association Web site.