We should bill the lake for what it is—a place of grandeur and solitude, which nourishes our thoughts and heightens our sensitivity to nature. Seen in that light, the brine flies become a fascinating curiosity more than an annoyance. The Great Salt Lake offers a wilderness experience, not a beach party, and no amount of promotion and development will change that.
Dean L. May, Images of the Great Salt Lake
Save the dashing of the waves against the shore absolutely nothing is heard. Not the jumping of a fish, the chirp of an insect nor any of the least thing betokening life, unless it be that very rarely a solitary gull is disturbed in his midnight rumination and flies screaming away. All is stillness and solitude profound.
Captain Howard Stansbury, The Stansbury Expedition
Great Salt Lake is a unique place in the Western Hemisphere because large concentrations of birds visit there… The disappearance of Great Salt Lake wetlands could mean the disappearance of whole species of birds.
Gonzalo Castro, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Much has been made of the tragic loss of rain forests in our hemisphere... But, in fact, because of their productivity of plant and animal matter rich in fats and proteins, freshwater marshes are the most productive ecosystems on Earth.
Charles Potter, former Executive Director, North American Wildlife Foundation
We live along the Great Salt Lake, one of the most extraordinary natural features in North America. I do not believe we, as a community, have honored its rarity. Our lack of intimacy toward this inland sea is not out of neglect, but of ignorance. We do not know the nature of this vast body of water that sparkles and sings. If we did, the shores of the Great Salt Lake would look different.
Terry Tempest Williams, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Advisory Board
This is a fragile place, and a place where naked forms themselves give shape to our own often shapeless spiritual longings. We often wish to experience the non-city and the non-developed, to come close to a place where familiar things are not.
Will South, Images of Great Salt Lake, 1996
To travelers so long shut among the mountain ranges a sudden view over the expanse of silent waters had in it something sublime. Several large islands raised their rocky heads out of the waves. . . . Then, a storm burst down with sudden fury upon the lake, and entirely hid the islands from our view.John C. Fremont, Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, 1845
We suggest that Great Salt Lake is a phenomenal asset to the state of Utah. Its mineral resources have been appreciated for almost 150 years. Brine shrimp are now appreciated because they are economically valuable. To only a very limited extent is the lake appreciated for tourism, for culture, for earth systems history and for education.
Scientific Review Committee, Comments to the Great Salt Lake Management Planning Team, 1999
We live along the shores of something GREAT - Great Salt Lake.
And whether we preceive it or not
During its relatively short life as a remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville
It has affected all of us.
From the ancients who lived in the Great Salt lake wetlands
To the growing populations of today and tomorrow
The Lake affect continues to modify, influence and impress our lives.
Lynn de Freitas, FRIENDS Executive Director
It is a desert of water in a desert of salt and mud and rock, one of the most desolate and desolately beautiful of regions. Its sunsets, seen across water that reflects like polished metal, are incredible. Its colors are of a staring, chemical purity. The senses are rubbed raw by its moonlike horizons, its mirages, its parching air, its moody and changeful atmosphere.
Wallace Stegner, "Dead Heart of the West" in American Places, 1981