CITIZENS FOR DIXIES FUTURE via Crowdrise
June 18, 2010
BENEFITING: CITIZENS FOR DIXIES FUTURE
HOURS PLEDGED: 1,000
Located in the southwest corner of Utah, the County is home to a truly unique landscape that includes Zion National Park, two recently named National Conservation Areas (Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam), and numerous wilderness areas. This ecologically rich landscape is home to over 800 species.
As board members of Citizens for Dixie's Future we recognize that long time residents of Washington County can be alienated by the language of conservation. A growing population has brought economic properity to this formerly isolated area. This same growth has put huge stresses on the natural environment and numerous systems are in imminent danger of collapse. Washington County is home to 19 special status species with others under consideration for listing. The Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers are under immense pressure as they have been dewatered for irrigation and to provide culinary water.
Growth has also brought in new residents - us. Citizens For Dixie's Future has stepped up to draw attention to these issues and to seek solutions that create a sustainable desert community. But we recognize that the language we use is often dismissed as extreme and we are characterized as 'those environmentalists'. Acknowledging this, we seek funding to conduct focus groups of the long time residents. Our purpose is to develop a specific language that we can use to draw residents toward the goal of protecting this incredible landscape and the many plants and animals which also reside here. CDF will hire a professional polling firm to conduct this effort and to provide us with specific wording that resonates with long time residents.
CDF will then produce a PowerPoint presentation and brochure to use to reach out to local governments, busines groups, and residents to promote a message of sustainability.
Your support is critical to protecting this ecologically rich landscape. Please contribute today