The Greater San Rafael Swell
368 pages, 6 x 9
206 color illustrations
Paperback
Release Date:05 Apr 2022
ISBN:9780816543922
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The Greater San Rafael Swell

Honoring Tradition and Preserving Storied Lands

The University of Arizona Press
A landscape of great natural beauty, Utah’s red rock country is a place where the passage from deep time to the present is revealed in stunningly sculpted and colorful geological strata that span 350 million years of Earth’s history. At the heart of this dramatic landscape is the Greater San Rafael Swell—a land of both geologic and human tumult.
 
Natural and human history come together in The Greater San Rafael Swell, which spans much of Emery County in Utah. Authors Stephen Strom and Jonathan Bailey paint a multi-faceted picture of a singular place through photographs, along with descriptions of geology, paleontology, archaeology, history, and dozens of interviews with individuals who devoted more than two decades to developing a shared vision of the future of both the Swell and the County.  At its core, the book relates the important story of how a coalition of ranchers, miners, off-road enthusiasts, conservationists, recreationists, and Native American tribal nations worked together for nearly 25 years to forge and pass the Emery County Public Lands Management Act in 2019.
 
This book chronicles hopeful stories for our times: how citizens of Emery and three other counties in the rural West worked to resolve perhaps the most volatile issue in the region – the future of public lands. Both their successes and the processes by which they found common ground serve as beacons in today’s uncertain landscape – beacons that can illuminate paths toward rebuilding our shared democracy from the ground up.

Stephen Strom has published eleven books in which his landscape photography complements poems and essays that speak to current cultural or environmental issues. His photography has been exhibited widely throughout the United States.

Jonathan Bailey is a photographer and conservationist specializing in rock art. He is the author, most recently, of When I Was Red Clay. He lives in Tucson with his partner Aaron.

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