Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah. 2016
President Bill Clinton designated this 1,880,461 acre area a national monument in 1996. Trump has promised to review the standing of national monuments that are at least 100,000 acres in size. Turning control of the land back over to the states would mean the states could sell the land off for development or resource extraction. Monument designation stopped a mining company from extracting an estimated 62 billion tons of coal from this area.
Lower Falls on the Genesee River, Rochester NY. This river flows through the middle of the city. Along the river sits several historic sites, including a Seneca village named Casconchiagon, a port for the Underground Railroad called Kelsy’s Landing, and several parks including Seneca Park and Genesee Valley Park, both designed by Fredrick Law-Olmstead. Every year there is a salmon run, and the fisherman flock to Lower Falls to bring in the bounty.
Pumice fields in Willamette National Forest, OR. 2015.
Falls in Oregon. 2015
Alabama Hills, CA. 2017
On May 24, 1969, the Bureau of Land Management dedicated nearly 30,000 acres of public land west of Lone Pine, CA, as the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. The intention is to preserve the Hills in as close a natural state as possible for the enjoyment of future generations.
Grand Canyon. 2016
"The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see." Theodore Roosevelt, 1903.
Cottonwood Canyon, CA 2017
The Oregon Dunes, 2015.
In 1972, 32,186 acres of dunes, forest, streams, and lakes were set aside as the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Death Valley, CA. 2017
Utah Hoodoo. 2016.
Bog in Mendon Ponds, NY.
Juniper trees on the edge of the Grand Canyon. 2016