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Celebrate Cedar Mesa event draws record crowd

What a celebratory event! Friends of Cedar Mesa wants to thank the 400 guests who joined us in Bluff March 3-5th, 2017 for a weekend of learning, exploration, and conversation about Cedar Mesa and the future of Bears Ears. A special thanks goes to our sponsor, Opsrey Packs of Cortez, CO.

This was our biggest Celebrate Cedar Mesa event – so big in fact that it sold out two weeks in advance. We saw many new and familiar faces and learned that a quarter of our attendees traveled over 300 miles to take part in the weekend and celebrate the landscape.
The event kicked off Friday with four service projects, 40 volunteers, and 200 service hours on public lands in San Juan County.

Still smiling after helping with visitor improvements at Sand Island campground.

Friday evening, over one hundred folks gathered under the cold, dark skies of Calf Canyon to listen to and discuss Native and local perspectives on the Bears Ears landscape. Many thanks to Torrey House Press, Utah Humanities Council and our speakers for a stellar event.

Sam Mix of Osprey Packs was awarded “Backyard Champion of the Year” for their efforts to protect Bears Ears. Photo (c) Tim Peterson

FCM Board Members | Photo (c) Tim Peterson

Hopi Vice Chairmen Alfred Lomahquah spoke enthusiastically about the process to protecting Bears Ears, and its future | Photo (c) Tim Peterson

John Ruple discusses the legality of altering the Bears Ears National Monument | Photo (c) Tim Peterson

Archaeologist Don Simonis was awarded “Career of Service” for his time with the BLM. Photo (c) Tim Peterson

Saturday was a packed line-up of archaeology, policy, paleontology and general updates. The day closed with a keynote by author Craig Childs, who kept the audience captive with his tales of exploring Bears Ears and his call to protect it from “being devoured.”

Hikers respectfully explore areas of the new Bears Ears National Monument.

For the second year in a row, FCM organized workshops and free hikes for Friends. A range of local experts and Board Members helped take folks out on the landscape or hosted fantastic workshops about photography and pottery.

Thanks… and see you all next year!

Another year, a lot to celebrate, and even more to advocacy and on-the-ground work to accomplish in 2017. We hope to see you at Celebrate Cedar Mesa next year on March 2-4, 2018.

Author: Amanda Podmore

Amanda Podmore is the Assistant Director of Friends of Cedar Mesa.

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