Utah is a destination spot for those who want to explore the raw, untouched lands of America. Adventurers seek out Utah to experience the awe of the land by exploring its northern snow-capped mountains or the river-carved canyons of the south.
That is until you arrive at your destination and see a scene of overuse, abuse and crowds.
In this series, we explore the harm our Utah lands face with the constant "love" we give. Why do filmmakers flock to Utah, what are the effects of continual record-breaking attendance at national parks, and why are we using our lands as a backdrop for our Instagram posts?
Check out this video from Rachel Parsons, a journalism student at Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:
Produced as part of USC Annenberg's Rural Reporting Initiative. Rachel Parsons is the executive producer and host of the international solo travel series "The Peregrine Dame," airing on public television and streaming on Amazon. She writes for The Hub in Los Angeles and recently interned at the San Juan Record in Utah, where she also co-produced this piece for PBS NewsHour.
Join us as we explore these and more issues in the UPR original series "Loving Our Lands To Death." Airing throughout the summer of 2018.
Support for Loving Our Lands To Death is made possible in part by the USU Quinney College of Natural Resources, where students and faculty promote the sustainability of ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. Information can be found here.