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.
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.
Six members of the U.S. Congress will meet in Moab for a roundtable discussion of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. The discussion is meant to “examine successes in state management of state and federal public lands in Utah.”
Park rangers and other public lands employees interact with the public Friday, Sept. 27, a day ahead of National Public Lands Day. The Moab Information Center hosted the event last weekend. It is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands.
Law enforcement officers, biologists and technicians for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources had a busy Labor Day weekend, working to prevent invasive quagga mussels from spreading.
After a representative for the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration announced in April plans to bring a Love’s Travel Stop to SITLA land in southern Spanish Valley, many residents reacted with rage and displeasure at the idea, citing concerns with crime and pollution.
The public is invited to attend a public open house regarding management of the Colorado and Green rivers. The Grand County event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 25 at the Grand Center, 182 North and 500 West. An open house in San Juan County is the same time one day earlier at the San Juan County Administration Building, 117 South Main Street in Monticello.
On May 22, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert to sign an agreement between the USDA Forest Service and the State of Utah focused on shared stewardship.