Conservation

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Since an act of Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 1965, the program has provided grants to local, state and federal agencies for the acquisition, conservation and maintenance of public lands.

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Sixteen of Utah’s reservoirs are below 20 percent capacity and eight of those are below five percent, according to the Utah Division of Water Resources. 

Close up of honey bee on purple aster flower with yellow center.
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The biblical tale says Noah rescued species from the flood by building an ark and loading it with a male and female of each species. In modern conservation, a literal ark won’t work. But USU scientists have determined a method that could help protect threatened species.

Separated crossing implemented in Banff National Park
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Wildlife collisions can be very dangerous for drivers and for animals.

Corinna Riginos is a conservation scientist at The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming studying wildlife collisions with ungulates like elk and golden eagles. The two are more closely related than you might think.

Milky Way Galaxy as seen at night
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To earn the designation as an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association, residents in Torrey implemented lighting ordinances, replaced outdoor street bulbs and coordinated public education about the benefits of having a dark sky.

Secretary Ryan Zinke to make conservation announcement Friday in Salt Lake City.
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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to be in Utah Friday to make an announcement during a conservation and hunting expo in Salt Lake City.

Interior officials didn't provide details about the announcement in a news release Thursday, saying only he will make a "major conservation announcement."

Leopold Conservation Award Winner Goes To Morgan Rancher

Dec 7, 2017
Ron Francis

The Leopold Conservation Award was given to a rancher from Morgan, Utah. The award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. Conservationist Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

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Farmers and ranchers spend most of their day in the fields and with their animals. When it comes to issues and policies that impact the agricultural industry, they don’t have much time to voice their concerns. In November, things slow down just enough for farmers and ranchers to gather at the annual Utah Farm Bureau convention.

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As you float down the Colorado River from Glen Canyon Dam to Lake Mead you may not realize that river right, the north side of the river, is owned and managed by the National Park Service and river left is managed by several groups including the Hualapai and Havasupai Indian nations.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has completed the review of national monuments mandated by President Trump. He has not released his recommendations. The New York Times is reporting that those recommendations include reducing the size of 4 national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. Reports are that Secretary Zinke may recommend a drastic reduction in size for Bears Ears.

The Biology Of Bird Feeders

Dec 12, 2016
Travis Wilcoxen

People love to feed birds. It’s a great way to bring wild animals right into your backyard, and it’s a big industry, too, with more than $3 billion dollars spent annually on birdseed alone. There are hopper feeders, suet feeders, hummingbird feeders, and many more. There’s even a market dedicated to keeping squirrels out of the feeders, with products for sale like the Squirrel Be Gone and Squirrel Buster Plus. As popular as bird feeding is, few people think about negative impacts that the feeding could have on the birds.

People and Bears, Hunting For Coexistence

Dec 2, 2016

 

Humans have a complicated relationship with large carnivores. We enjoy viewing these charismatic species in nature, but not in our trash bins. But recreational hunting may help foster coexistence between humans and large animals where our habitats increasingly overlap.

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New research out of the University of Utah today examines how long it takes poached elephant tusks to reach the illegal ivory market. Researchers used a technique known as bomb-curve radiocarbon dating to age the tusks.

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  The Ecology Center at Utah State University hosts Dr. Lisa Schulte-Moore this Wednesday and Thursday as part of its 2015-2016 Seminar Series. Schulte-Moore, an associate professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University, studies the ecology of sustainable land management through the lens of coupled human and natural systems.


Plastic Sidewalks Save Real Trees In Logan

Dec 7, 2015
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Two-thousand square feet of experimental, sidewalk have been laid throughout Logan as part of a collaboration between Utah State’s Quinney College of Natural Resources and the city. The project is expected to save trees, money and resources.

 

Logan's winter season will prove whether or not the city and the state will more widely adopt Terrewalk's plastic sidewalk.