Petzl America and Utah Open Lands Join Forces for Preservation

Petzl, a leading manufacturer of quality climbing gear, is joining forces once again with Utah Open Lands (UOL) in a fundraising effort for land protection and preservation of Utah’s diverse landscape. On Saturday, March 10th.....
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Petzl, a leading manufacturer of quality climbing gear, is joining forces once again with Utah Open Lands (UOL) in a fundraising effort for land protection and preservation of Utah's diverse landscape. On Saturday, March 10th, at the Tom Till Gallery at 61 North Main Street in Moab, Utah, Petzl will sponsor the premier of Tom Till's Utah Open Lands, an exhibit dedicated to furthering UOL's land preservation efforts and featuring properties already protected by the organization. From Moab, the exhibit will travel to galleries throughout Utah, sponsored by Petzl and with all proceeds going to Utah Open Lands.

Petzl America has been a long time supporter of Utah Open Lands, most notably in helping to protect the 221-acre baselands of Castleton Tower. Petzl matched contributions from climbers during UOL's Campaign to preserve traditional access to the famed climbing tower, and continues to play a role in the stewardship of the baselands.

"Petzl has a history of teaming with Utah Open Lands in creative ways to protect our wild spaces,” said John Evans, Marketing Director for Petzl America. “What makes this such a great initiative, and one Petzl is excited to be part of, is the dual purpose. While raising needed funds to protect Utah's open spaces, Tom Till's great images will be dramatizing both the beauty and the value of these places to a broader audience."

“This incredible gift from Tom and the sponsorship from Petzl will have a dramatic effect on preserving currently threatened lands for future generations,” said Wendy Fisher, Executive Director for Utah Open Lands. “If we are to save irreplaceable landscapes from becoming a jumble of asphalt and concrete, we need the commitment of individuals like Tom Till and companies like Petzl who not only care, but go out of their way to contribute.”

In the Spring of 2006, renowned photographer Tom Till approached Utah Open Lands with the idea of utilizing his talents and the breathtaking images of Utah's pristine landscapes to further UOL's ongoing land preservation efforts.

“I hope we can all look forward to the conservation of more important and beautiful places, as our state faces the ever-looming challenges of loss of open space, agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and the unspoiled vistas that make Utah among the world's most beautiful and special landscapes,” said Tom Till, regarding his generous donation of time, talent and photographs to the efforts of Utah Open Lands.

About Petzl
Petzl America is the U.S. division of Petzl, headquartered in France. For over 50 years, Petzl has been developing innovative tools and techniques used by those entering the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing and alpinism. Petzl climbing hardware and headlamps can be found in outdoor specialty shops and premium sporting goods retailers around the world. For more information, log on to www.petzl.com.

About Tom Till
Tom Till is one of America's most published photographers. Over 30,000 of his images have appeared in print since 1977. In 1998, Till opened the Tom Till Gallery in Moab, Utah. In 2004, Till opened the Wild Spirits Gallery in Park City, Utah with wildlife photographer Gary Crandall. Till's images depict landscape, nature, history, and travel subjects worldwide, including all fifty states and nearly fifty countries overseas. For more info, log on to www.tomtill.com or reach Tom at Tom@TomTill.com.

About Utah Open Lands
Utah Open Lands is a non-profit organization dedicated assisting landowners in protecting the scenic, wildlife, historic, agricultural, and recreational values of open land in the state of Utah for the enjoyment of present and future generations. UOL is a non-governmental, non-political community based organization that utilizes educational outreach, donations of land and conservation easements, acquisitions of land and easements, and conservation buyers and investors to accomplish its goals of tangible land protection. By preserving open spaces, Utah Open Lands aids communities, investors, and government leaders interested in protecting Utah's quality lifestyle. For more information or to support Utah Open Lands, log on to www.utahopenlands.org or contact Wendy Fisher at 801.463.6156 or via email at wendy@utahopenlands.org.

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