It is often true that we don't appreciate our loved ones until we lose them. I think this is also true of our wilderness. When will we appreciate Utah's wilderness? When we lose it?
I am a native of Utah; a former "city girl." I have lived and traveled through California, Alaska, many eastern states and more than 20 foreign countries. I have always celebrated coming home, not just because my family lives here. There is nothing like flying into this valley of rugged mountains rising out of the desert. In so many places trees and greenery cover what can be seen only in Utah. Mother Earth bares her skin here. She is most easily scarred here as well.Perhaps the people of Utah's rural counties who live in these open spaces and see little value in reserving them should move away for a while or simply travel. They might begin to appreciate the valuable and loved open spaces they call home.