The Future of Our Public Lands in a Photo Contest

The Department of Interior, after announcing plans to review and potentially scale back protections for public lands, just re-posted the 2016 winner of its "Share the Experience" photo contest in the category of "scenic landscape."  It is indeed a beautiful photo of Fantasy Canyon on public lands in Utah.  But I have to wonder if the Secretary of Interior is sending a signal about the future of scenic landscapes by sending this around on social media today.  Had the photographer zoomed out much more, they would have revealed a landscape that not many of us consider scenic.
Interior selected this photo of Fanatasy Canyon as a winner of its Share the Experience photo contest in 2016.  The Department of Interior re-posted it today, hours after commiting to a plan to potentially scale back protections for public lands.  Photo by John D'Onofrio.

Fantasy Canyon is a small parcel - about ten acres - of land surrounded by dozens of square miles of oil drilling rigs and mining.

Screenshot from Google Earth.  You can use the embedded Google Maps below to zoom out.


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