The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group in a statement Friday, Nov. 8 announced Samantha Zim as the 2020 Community Artist in the Parks. The committee also selected Julia Buckwalter to serve in the same position in 2021.
On Nov. 4, the Bureau of Land Management in Utah will begin selling non-commercial permits to cut pinyon pine, juniper and fir trees. The U.S. Forest Service will also sell Christmas tree-cutting permits for the Manti-La Sal National Forest from Nov. 18 until Dec. 23 or sold out.
Park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation in Salt Valley Wash at Arches National Park beginning Monday, Nov. 11. Burns might occur throughout November, December and January as conditions allow, according to park officials.
At a recent roundtable discussion concerning the topic of public lands, David Ure, the director of the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, defended the land trust against criticism that its profit-seeking raison d’être was corrupting the wilderness areas it controls.
As activists stood silently around the room with signs advocating to “keep public lands in public hands” and to “protect wild Utah,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, broke the fourth wall Friday, Oct. 25, during a roundtable discussion in Moab to say that “not a single member” of the Utah Legislature or the U.S. Congress wants Utah to be “anything but a public lands state.”
With the potential to allow off-highway vehicles into Arches and Canyonlands national parks in the rearview mirror for the moment, the Grand County Council and Trail Mix Committee have set their sights on e-bikers riding on non-motorized single-track trails.
After a month of public backlash in reaction to an order allowing off-highway vehicles on the roads in Utah’s national parks and monuments, the National Park Service has walked the directive back.
What looks like dirt in the desert and drylands is actually a forest under your feet. We’re talking about biocrusts – living organisms made of lichens, mosses, fungi, bacteria and green algae – that live on the soil surface on the Colorado Plateau and other places across the Southwest, according to Tracey Stone of The Nature Conservancy.
A small herd of desert bighorn sheep was released Oct. 24-25 in the Ranch Canyon area of the Mineral Mountains west of Beaver. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and other partnering organizations carried out the move. The translocation creates a herd in a location that has been void of bighorn sheep for many years and is part of a long-term effort to fill vacant wild sheep habitat, according to Faith Jolley, a UDWR spokesperson.
U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, recently joined his Republican counterparts in the U.S. Congress in voting against an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service awarded the Black Canyon timber sale, which is located on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, to the Utah firm Timberline. This timber sale will help reduce hazardous fuels on the forest floor as it authorizes the removal of 140,000 hundred cubic feet (ccf) of dead and down trees, according to a statement from the USFS.
Construction on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Dry Fork Trailhead has commenced and will continue through Dec. 20. The Dry Fork Trailhead is in Kane County along the Hole-in-The-Rock road, approximately 25 miles southeast of Highway 12, according to the Bureau of Land Management.