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John B. Wright
The book is simply essential right now in Utah, a state where the debate over the vast but unprotected canyon country is loud and often uninformed. Watkins is the person for the job. The thesis is direct, wise, and profoundly field-based. Yes, we must protect this resource because we love it, because it is achingly beautiful, and because its destruction is ethically unacceptable. Watkins owns up to his love for this place and I say amen to that! It is always necessary to marshal the economic arguments, the ecological rationales, and such. However, wild country must survive if we are to remember freedom and retain the right to walk in the world with awesome land all around -- even if the risk of dying is real. The main purpose here though is to inform as well as give permission to care. What is most original is the combination of geology, geography, law, cultural insights, and clear intention-if we are to save the redrock country we must know all we can about it.
— John B. Wright, author of Rocky Mountain Divide: Selling and Saving the West and Montana Ghost Dance: Essays on Land and Life