Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Under our noses, a chance to make a statement—and a difference
Meanwhile, I’ve worked with Kevin Mazzu of the Stewardship Group and David Kirk of the BLM to urge that arches and other granite forms be protected within the final designation. Whatever the final decree, which is coming soon—perhaps this year—we photographers can be an important part of the process.
There’s a key term at play here: the word “stakeholders.” The Stewardship Group and BLM keep a running tally of Alabama Hills visitors, right down to the percentages of each group. “Stakeholders” include hikers, bikers, horseback riders, American Indian tribes, local businesses, mining interests—and photographers. We can be counted and heard. One way is to visit the area. Let it be known you want it protected.
There are regular meetings of the Stewardship Group in nearby Lone Pine. If ever there was a time to be seen and heard, this is it. We can contact key people. I’ve added some contacts here. We’ve had opportunities to protect our sacred lands in the past, such as Kings Canyon National Park, which came about through grass-roots activism inspired at least, in part, by Ansel Adams’ photography. We have one again, right now—in the wonderful, unique Alabama Hills. I urge you to join me and be a part of history.
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