Editor's note: Nicole Whittington-Evans is The Wilderness Society's Alaska Director. In this blog she reflects on the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound and the lessons to be learned for Alaska's Arctic waters today.
Southwest Utah and northern Arizona have some of America’s most amazing wild lands, including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Vermilion Cliffs National Monuments.
Designated wilderness, the highest level of public lands protection as outlined in 1964’s Wilderness Act, is full of animal life. This ranges from large, iconic mammals, such as wolves, bears and moose, to the smaller and lesser-seen.