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Connecting with a global network, Cache Valley was part of nearly 600 groups celebrating Earth Day by participating in the March for Science.

With a range of signs bearing messages from political slogans to "Protect Wild Utah," organizers believe over 450 people took part in the march that meandered through Downtown Logan, often lining both sides of Main Street on Saturday morning.

Organizer Elizabeth Springborn said before the event she wasn't quite sure how many people would show up but was extremely pleased with the turnout.

"There are more than 600 marches going around the world," Springborn said. "As a university town, we wanted to have our own march. We could have gone to Salt Lake, but this was good to have here. There are enough scientists here that we need to make sure we stand up for science in our community as well as around the world."

On the historic courthouse plaza, student researchers from Utah State University displayed posters and talked with those in attendance about their fields of study throughout the morning and afternoon.

Bringing university research to some who may not know about it was a key component to Saturday's event.

Mikaela Pulsipher, a geology student at USU, said the turnout from the university and the community as whole was encouraging to see.

"Science is really important and so is protecting the world that we live in. To see this many people out here is wonderful," Pulsipher said. "Logan is a pretty small town with a conservative background. So it is really exciting to see this many people who are into supporting science."

After marching from 200 North down to 100 South along Main Street, participants nearly lined both sides of the road back to Center Street as they displayed their colorful signs to both north and southbound motorists.

Concluding back at the courthouse, community members took to a mic to talk about the impact of science and protection of the environment when many in the scientific community are being challenged.

"I think it's important to make a presence and get involved with other people who are interested in sending a message about science," USU geology grad student Erin Lathrop said. "We had a ton of support from people honking, waving and cheering for us. It felt good to know there are people out there who care."

A biologist by training, Springborn is aware that some may have viewed the march as entirely political. She was optimistic that with student researcher presentations and a peaceful dialogue, people could see the science behind many of the issues facing the state and the world.

"Science is a nonpartisan issue. We're not looking to politicize this. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, we should all be for clean water and clean air," Springborn said. "We all want a healthy planet to live on."

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