A plan to establish Utahraptor State Park in the area of Dalton Wells, north of Arches National Park, has stalled over concerns with the $10 million price tag attached to the project.
The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is currently seeking a representative to serve on the Utah Recreational Trails Advisory Council.
“Here’s your headline: ‘A new state park 145 million years in the making.’”
A forum to discuss the future of Lake Powell and the long-term issues regarding its management, hosted by the Center for Colorado River Studies, Utah State University, takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Star Hall.
The Grand County Council united in opposition to the Bureau of Land Management’s potential selling of oil and gas leases near the Sand Flats Recreation Area.
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.