There’s not a lot of traffic on the Moab Daily these days, but once the COVID-19 virus is knocked down and people renew their love affair with this 13-mile stretch of the Colorado River, they will enjoy a much-improved Take Out Beach.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding people to adhere to posted signs after 17 people were cited for trespassing at closed wildlife management areas in northern Utah in late March.
The month of April has some fantastic family friendly astronomical events Moabites can use to pass the time and keep those pesky pandemic fears in check.
March 19 was the first day of spring, and these photographs show that it arrived on schedule. With the COVID-19 virus resulting in a near-total shutdown of American towns and cities, including Moab, people home from work took advantage by working in yards, cleaning out garages and generally preparing for warmer temperatures. Daffodils and apricots are all in flower.
The Youth Garden Project’s spring plant sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 and May 2. Available for purchase will be a variety of vegetables, fruit trees and native perennials. Members of the “Farm Crew” will be present to answer questions on new varieties and old favorites. All proceeds support the Project’s youth and community programs.
Americans generated nearly $1 billion in excise taxes last year that support state conservation programs. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the disbursement of these funds, generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel to all 50 states and U.S. territories by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to a statement from the Service.
In response to the abrupt closing of the Lisbon Valley Copper Mine, Director John Baza of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining has signed an emergency order, according to a statement from the division.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Falcon Flow, Moab’s newest mountain biking trail. It is the product of 1,800 volunteer hours organized by Moab Trail Mix, headed by Madeline Logowitz and Tyson Swasey. Many kudos to the volunteers and county staff who put in the work to make this trail a reality.
The Bureau of Land Management has announced a proposal to expedite review and approval of restoration projects across the West designed to address the rapid spread of pinyon-juniper woodlands on sagebrush habitat for the benefit of greater sage-grouse, mule deer and other sagebrush-dependent native wildlife and plant species. The proposal would establish a new categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act, enabling the agency to streamline review of projects that remove encroaching pinyon-juniper trees to allow for sagebrush restoration, according to a press release from the agency.
As you avoid large groups and practice social distancing in the coming weeks, you can fight cabin fever — and still stay away from other people — by going for a hike or doing some wildlife watching. However, if you are planning to take your dog on any hikes this spring and summer, make sure your pet doesn’t chase or harass any wildlife, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
Last week, Grand County officially opened a new mountain biking trail in the Sand Flats Recreation area. The 5.4-mile long Falcon Flow is the first in a series that will constitute an alternative ending to the widely popular Whole Enchilada, providing riders a more moderate option to the sometimes-treacherous Porcupine Rim.
Utah is doing something that only a few other states are doing: real-time tracking of wildlife. And now some of that data will be available to the public via a new website that launched Tuesday, March 3, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.