Moab’s frustration with the noise from off-highway vehicles polluting the downtown area will soon meet the powerful influences in Salt Lake City that have won legislative battles to allow OHVs on streets around the state while seeing mixed results more recently with the rescission of state rules recognizing out-of-state OHV registrations and a battle at the federal level with allowing OHVs into Utah’s national parks.
February is the best time of the year to see one of America’s most iconic birds. Bald eagles fly to Utah in the winter to find food and escape colder conditions farther north. By the time February arrives, hundreds of eagles are in the state, said Faith Jolley, spokesperson for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
The classic desert rock climb ‘Jah Man’ on the Sister Superior formation has seen incredibly substantial rockfall. So much so, that a significant part of the route has been reduced to a pile of rubble. I was up there today to assess the damage.
This rock monolith is one of the Three Penguins in Arches National Park, with its two friends standing behind it from this view. They stand together in the snow after holiday storms blanketed the area.
The Utah Wildlife Board approved an increase to the number of black bear permits for the 2020 hunting and pursuit seasons during a public meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 7. However, there will be restricted pursuit seasons in some areas of southeastern Utah.
USFS Utah Avalanche Center volunteers Armin Howell, Steve Evers and Chris Benson installed an avalanche beacon training park at the Geyser Pass trailhead over the weekend. Winter backcountry users are encouraged to use it to practice their avalanche rescue skills.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers reported that 1,050 animals were illegally killed in Utah in 2019, a slight increase from the total number killed the year before, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley.
Welcome to the second installment of The Times-Independent’s annual Year in Review in Recreation & Outdoors. The back nine of 2019 starts with one of the best Independence Day celebrations in recent memory; the month of July is musical as the Moab Folk Festival and others sponsor free concerts, Grand County athletes continue to purse excellence, championships are won and the Moab Music Festival goes Latin.
Anyone who goes fishing knows how thrilling it is to catch a fish, especially if it is a large, potentially record-breaking one. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is making several changes to the state’s fishing records in 2020, including adding several new record categories for cutthroat trout, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley in an email.
Most Utahns have seen the unfortunate sight of a deer lying dead on the side of the road. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Department of Transportation are working hard to create more wildlife crossings across various Utah roadways in an effort to decrease wildlife/vehicle collisions around the state, according to DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley, including one on Highway 191 near Monticello that is considered the most successful in the state.
An increase in tourism to Cedar Mesa in Bears Ears National Monument has taken a toll on the cultural resources in the area, according to the Bureau of Land Management, which will double fees to hikers and campers Jan. 1.
For those who want to add an extra challenge to their ice fishing this winter, a tournament may be just the thing. Plus, you can help many of our fisheries and often win prizes, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.