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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.