Each year humans of all ages gather on the Tavaputs Plateau at P.R. Springs Campground to behold the beauty of the mountains and life in them, as well as reflect on the impact of the destruction of the tar sands mine.
The mine operation can be seen from the camp – a stark reminder of the devastation that has occurred as a results only one thing: Greed.
Although it has been nearly two years since there was any mining activity, it’s only a matter of time before it resumes….
One only has to see the life that exists on this land to know that what is happening in the name of profit is just wrong.
Despite the unseasonable cold temperatures and eratic weather pattern (snow, hail, rain, bitter cold), a total of 18 participants hiked to various spots, including a tar sands seep, and the area of the springs known as Triangle Springs were we planted what is believed to be native plant species – Sweetgrass, Hops and Tobacco.
The next photos portray the abundant and various life forms that survive on the Plateau – and some of the humans who are protecting the land through a protest vigil.
“We only have One Water, One Air, One Mother Earth.”
Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader, 1920-2007