The Mud Report: It’s still winter in Moab, but some trails are open

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.

Why the DWR captures deer, other big game animals with helicopters

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?

Outfitters volunteer at Hell’s Revenge

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.

BLM says its revised sage-grouse plans put western communities first

National Audubon Society calls the effort ‘window dressing’

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.