Sunday's Travel section article "Fantastic formations" featured some awesome photos of my favorite place: southeastern Utah.
I go there every year. I've spent many days hiking, backpacking, camping and sightseeing in some of the very places described so well in the story. As visitors from around the world would attest, there is no other place like it anywhere.
The article is also quite timely in light of recent events. Readers may want to know that this world-class area is threatened by looting of Native American antiquities and by proposed ruinous oil and gas extraction fields. President Barack Obama is considering protections via the Bears Ears National Monument proposal put forward by five local Native American tribes. It's a proposal I hope the president soon embraces.
As a Wisconsin citizen, I am very proud our U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, are supporting legislation that would also help conserve the region.
-- Tim Yanacheck, Oregon