September 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a landmark law that helped protect some of America’s last great wild country and created 90 protected wilderness areas in Arizona. Now, you can help protect the state’s wilderness areas, too. With each new Arizona Highways subscription purchased using promo code M3WILDC, we’ll donate $5 to the Arizona Wilderness Coalition. To subscribe, visit http://www.arizonahighways.com.
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This week’s Friday Fotos theme is “Desert Water,” based on the poetry of Alberto Rios (be sure to pick up our November issue for more poetry). Post your Arizona-made photos to our Facebook wall (not as comments) no later than 7 p.m. tomorrow. Please limit your submissions to two per person, and don’t forget to tell us where your images were made. Posting does not guarantee publication.
Arizona Highways and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition have joined forces to help celebrate next year’s 50th anniversary of the the Wilderness Act, a landmark law that has helped protect some of America’s wild country.
So, what do you need to know?
1) The categories:
Scenic Landscape (SL) Dramatic scenes, unusual perspectives, and expansive views of protected wilderness land. Plant life (such as flowers, trees, and other flora), close-ups, wide-open spaces, storms, sunsets, and other natural views.
Wildlife (WL) Wild animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, etc.) photographed within the boundaries of wilderness areas. Animal portraits, behavior, predation, adults with young. (No captive animals allowed.)
People in Wilderness (PW) People enjoying wilderness lands: adventurers, backpackers, hikers, and people pursuing other wilderness-appropriate activities (mountain-biking, motorcycling, etc., are not allowed in wilderness areas and will not be accepted in entries); groups, families, and individuals in wilderness settings. Action, artistic perspectives and artistic compositions (silhouettes, motion shots, creative lighting, etc.).
Most Inspirational Moment (IM) Images of locations that have a very special story and personal meaning to entrants. Please provide a summary of the story within the allotted caption space on the entry form. Additional details on your story may be requested in the final round of judging.
2) How to enter:
Visit www.ahpw.org/photocontests to submit your entries. Keep in mind, you can submit up to three (3) images in any of the four designated categories. Images must meet the image submission requirements to be eligible. FYI, the contest period runs through December 31, 2013.
Great news from our friends at the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim:
The Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim has received an Environmental Achievement Award from the National Park Service for Environmental Stewardship at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The award was conferred specifically for the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim’s waste reduction program.
In 2009, the lodge embarked on a program of daily hand sorting of all solid waste. In 2012 alone, it recycled nearly 55,000 pounds of cardboard, 3,600 pounds of paper, 10,000 pounds of metal, 40,000 pounds of glass and 18,000 pounds of plastic. In addition, 103,000 pounds of food waste was converted to a nutrient-rich liquid and safely discharged into the national park sewer system. Together, these amounts represent a 100 percent diversion of these waste streams.
“We believe good environmental stewardship is not only essential for the health of the planet, but also pays for itself in the long term,” said Mike Kidd, general manager, Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim. “Since taking over the concession in 2008, our dumpster service cost has been cut by 93 percent – from $54,000 per season to just $4,000. In turn, this cost savings enables us to invest in more efficient technologies, source reduction and waste diversion measures.”
In addition, the lodge’s waste reduction program has resulted in a substantial amount of greenhouse gas reduction. Had the 268,000 pounds of waste generated in 2012 been sent to a landfill, about 132 metric tons of CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gases would have been discharged into the atmosphere. Instead, only approximately 15 metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions were generated, representing a reduction of nearly 89 percent.
Nearly every national park in the United States focuses on waste reduction and waste diversion, yet the operations at Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim are still exemplary. Staff at the lodge not only integrated technologies into their operations to achieve their waste management objectives, but also worked closely with Grand Canyon National Park to demonstrate the waste reduction technologies were compatible with the park’s infrastructure, worked diligently to reduce waste before it was generated and strategized to maximize waste diversion.
Due to their success at the North Rim, these waste reduction strategies are being planned for use by concessioners at Acadia National Park, Grand Teton National Park (Signal Mountain Lodge), Glacier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and others.
For more information about the Grand Canyon Lodge — North Rim or to make reservations, call 877-386-4383 or visit http://www.GrandCanyonLodgeNorth.com. You can also “Like” the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim on Facebook.
From our friends at the Forest Service:
PHOENIX – The U.S. Forest Service is understaffed but is getting more help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of Arizona wilderness. Over the weekend, another 30 volunteers for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition stewardship program received training to begin monitoring ecological and recreational conditions in the state’s wild areas.
According to the Coalition’s Central Arizona director, Sam Frank, it’s a chance for people to give back while enjoying something they already love: being outdoors.
“It’s a great thing for families, it’s a great way to get exercise and it’s a great way to get to know the lands better in your backyard. It’s really beneficial,” Frank said. “And also, they have a sense of stewardship in helping take care of these areas that technically belong to them.”
Sound like a good gig? Why not volunteer and give Mother Nature some much needed TLC? For more information, visit: www.azwild.org/action/wilderness_stewardship.php.