Efforts to protect Gold Butte Highlighted
Mesquite – The Gold Butte region and local citizens who are working to protect it, will be featured in an upcoming episode of This American Land, an environmental news program airing on PBS stations nationwide.
This American Land is a series that delves into key environmental issues of the day, providing timely, engaging stories about wild places you may never have heard about and the passionate people that are devoted to protecting those treasures for future generations.
A coalition of conservation organizations, businesses, sportsmen, recreation enthusiasts, artists and tribal members is working to protect Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon as a National Conservation Area and wilderness.
“Conservationists have long advocated for management, ranger presence and education of visitors for the Gold Butte area. It is time to recognize this area nationally and protect the unique resources we are all drawn to” said Nancy Hall director of Friends of Gold Butte.
Highlighted in the episode are some of the advocates who believe strongly in safeguarding Gold Butte for future generations including, a Moapa Paiute tribal member who believes strongly in protecting the lands and cultural treasures of his ancestors, a casino owner who understands the balance between a prosperous economy and protected environment, an avid ATV rider who wants future generations to enjoy the beauty of the area and an artist and photographer who calls Gold Butte the antidote to the busy world.
“If we don’t take care of it, we lose it” states Calvin Meyers speaking for the Moapa Band of Paiutes on their homeland in Gold Butte.
Filming takes place in the garden of creosote, cacti and Mojave yuccas, just south of the city of Mesquite. The crew travels through the red rock canyons once home to Native Americans for thousands of years and vast beautiful vistas of this Nevada national treasure.
The episode will air Friday, December 7 at 6:00pm on PBS cable channel 111, check your local listings for availability and an additional airings.
If you don’t get the Las Vegas PBS station, you can also watch the video clip on our website, on the “This American Lands” video.