Several environmental organizations and the Bureau of Land Management will take part in a two-day Leave No Trace event at Indian Creek from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20-22 at the Supercrack parking lot and Beef Basin Road turnoff.
Walt Dabney, former superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service, speaks to local outfitters and guides at an annual meeting conducted by the Bureau of Land Management Thursday, March 5. Dabney, speaking to a full room at the Grand Center, provided a history of public lands to help educate the many local hosts who provide permitted recreational use to the thousands of tourists who visit southeastern Utah.
Moab Trail Mix posted the following mud report on social media on Monday, March 9:
Permits are required to go boating on the Colorado River within Canyonlands National Park, according to a reminder from the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks.
Each spring raptors return to the Indian Creek area for nesting. Eagles, falcons and other migratory birds use shallow depressions on ledges, cliffs and rock walls, and often return to the same site year after year to raise their young.
A week after Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection as it funds a nationwide compensation trust for survivors of sexual abuse, a group of locals led by Scoutmaster Mingo Gritts are hoping to revive the Boy Scouts’s tradition of organized Scouting in Moab, for boys and for girls.
There are only a few precious months each year when The Whole Enchilada is open for mountain biking. The popular and challenging trail, which takes thrill-seekers 34 miles downhill from the La Sal Mountains to the Colorado River, can remain closed due to snow and mud as late as mid-July or even early August. Some years, the trail is open to commercial shuttle services fewer than 10 weeks in total.
Those who live in Cache County might see a helicopter buzzing about the foothills for a day or two in early March. And, that might lead to a few questions: Why is the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources using a helicopter in the area? Isn’t that stressful for deer and other wildlife? And why is it OK for the DWR to use a helicopter when they close wildlife management areas to the public during the winter?
On Feb. 8 the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office and Sand Flats Recreation Area hosted an outfitter workday on the popular and iconic Hell’s Revenge 4×4 route. Volunteers from local outfitters and guides, including Moab Cowboy Country, Xtreme 4×4, Outlaw Jeep, Dan Mick’s, Highpoint Hummer, Big Iron, and Moabsherpa, joined BLM and Sand Flats staff to focus on restoring damaged areas by defining the designated route, repairing fencing, raking tracks and remarking the trail. More outfitter workdays are planned for the spring and fall.
The Bureau of Land Management published six draft supplemental environmental impact statements on Friday, Feb. 21, for management of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on public lands in seven western states, highlighting the process undergone in 2019 to develop plans that reflected the needs of western communities and Greater Sage Grouse habitat, according to a statement from the BLM.
In an effort to increase consistency and to allow for multiple land use, the Utah State Parks Board recently passed a new rule that allows for expanded hunting opportunities within state parks, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The number of honeybee hives and those who keep them was cut in half in Grand County over the past year, according to Honeybee Inspector Gerry Shue.