Environment

USDA Forest Service J Zapell, Photographer

There are some people who think that trees are merely green things that stand in their way. And there are some people who believe that life should be lived to its fullest without regards to future generations, or even their neighbors. 

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A conservation organization has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior over oil and gas leases offered in southeast Utah, claiming the parcels are packed with ancient cultural relics.

Advocates for the West filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Utah on behalf of Friends of Cedar Mesa.

The lawsuit targets the first of three oil and gas lease sales held in March 2018. The Bureau of Land Management has not yet issued the leases.

How To Help Honey Bees Survive The Winter

Feb 1, 2019

As many people know we’ve had challenges with supporting good populations of honey bees in North America in recent years. And a big part of this factor is overwinter survival. So many of the bees are dying off during the winter and then colonies are low in bee populations the following spring.

'The Canyon' on Wild About Utah

Feb 1, 2019
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Here it’s just called, The Canyon, like there is no other. It’s a place we go to get away from, or get into, it. It’s a place that still lets us trust each other’s word, and have plans on when we should be back. For those waiting on The Canyon, we practice patience and balance with our expectations.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert recently announced an update to Utah state’s greater sage grouse conservation plan. UPR’s Ashley Rohde talked to conservation specialists about changes to the plan and the current conservation status of the bird in Utah.

The Henry Mountain Bison on Wild About Utah

Jan 18, 2019
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The Henry Mountains of southeast Utah are famous for being the last mountain range in the contiguous United States to have been officially mapped. Indeed, before they were mapped, they were often referred to as the “Unknown Mountains.” Another relative unknown detail about this range is that it harbors one of only five genetically pure, free-roaming bison herds on North American public lands.

Groups Plan To Sue EPA Over Utah Air Pollution

Jan 15, 2019
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A coalition of community, conservation and public health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice to enforce air-quality standards in Utah or it will sue the agency. 

Winter Bird Feeding on Wild About Utah

Jan 4, 2019
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This time of year, we see a cast of characters flying among the trees and bushes as they search for food and a place to nestle to conserve warmth and energy. 

Dinosaur National Monument on Wild About Utah

Dec 27, 2018
National Parks Service

My last WAU described the glories of the Colorado Plateau, to which I must return. The very northern reach of the plateau intersects the mighty Uintah Mountains and the Uintah Basin. 

Torrey House Press

Few environmental activists are as venerated as Ed Abbey, author of The Monkey Wrench Gang and Desert Solitaire. His stories about the landscapes, wildlife, and people of the Southwest have inspired countless numbers of visitors to explore the region’s national parks, monuments, and wild places – ironically, one of his biggest fears. But now, as Desert Solitaire turns 50 years old, local writer and sixth-generation Utahn, Amy Irvine, takes issue with some of Abbey’s views in a new book from Torrey House Press.

Sebastian Voortman

Utah’s deep snow and hundreds of miles of publicly accessible groomed trails make snowmobiling an ideal way for individuals and families to experience the state’s backcountry.  

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The Cache County Council held a public hearing on Tuesday to discuss proposed changes to the designations of US forests service lands in Cache County.

The proposed changes would make it possible for the US Forest Service to build temporary roads through designated roadless areas for the purpose of forest management, including thinning forests to prevent large forest fires in the future.  

A Rare Utah Bee May Be Facing Extinction

Nov 29, 2018

Scientists in Utah recently petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to consider listing the Mojave poppy bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  It joins the western bumblebee as the second bee native to Utah that is currently under review for the listing. 

Americans love dogs.  We love them to the tune of $61 billion a year, according to the US Labor Department.  Despite all the love, our four-legged friends can be hard on parks and on the environment, particularly when their humans don’t manage them properly.

Efforts to reduce water use by farmers, homeowners and cities have worked, according to state water managers who say wise water use has delayed a controversial plan to divert up to 72 billion gallons of water from the Bear River in northern Utah for municipal and agricultural use. 

Uranium
oilinuganda.org

State regulators have denied a Salt Lake City-based nuclear waste processing company an exemption to bury thousands of tons of depleted uranium munitions at its site.

The Utah Waste Management and Radiation Control Board on Thursday voted unanimously to reject the military ordnance after EnergySolutions had petitioned the Department of Environmental Quality for an exemption to Utah's provisional prohibition on burying the radioactive munitions.

Pando: the world's largest single organism.
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A new study finds a Utah aspen grove considered the world's largest living organism is continuing to decline despite new fencing designed to keep out mule deer whose appetites are blamed its deterioration.

Two Utah State University professors found that some fencing constructed in 2013 is keeping the deer from eating the trees, but additional barriers put up in 2014 don't seem to have protected the colony known as Pando.

An environmental analysis of the Lake Powell Pipeline has resumed. The Utah Division of Water Resources learned last week that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, will not provide all of the permits needed to construct the pipeline, but will continue to oversee environmental assessments.

Ashley Rohde

The Utah Society for Environmental Education honored five young people from around the state this week for their outstanding work on environmental and social causes.  

Wolves Helping Aspen Return To Northern Yellowstone

Sep 10, 2018
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Aspen trees are on the rebound in and around Yellowstone National Park, and a new report says predators deserve the credit.

Luke Painter, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University and the study's lead author, says the trees were in decline for decades largely because concentrated elk populations were eating new tree shoots. 

Montana wildlife.
Wilderness.org

The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 16-month tenure in which he proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of plant and animal species.

Spokesman Gavin Shire said Thursday that Greg Sheehan will step down next week to return to his family and home in Utah.

Bighorn in Zion National Park
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Zion National Park visitors are being asked to alert wildlife biologists if they encounter bighorn sheep coughing a lot.

Excessive coughing is a symptom of pneumonia and park officials and the state Division of Wildlife Resources said Tuesday that a bacterium commonly associated with pneumonia was found July 20 in a bighorn sheep ewe.

Bear River Celebration: 'We All Live Downstream'

Jun 21, 2018
Bear River Celebration and Free Fishing Day: First-time anglers and volunteers gather around Skylar Pond and learn about stewardship over the watershed.
Jackson Wilde

On June 9, dozens of families gathered with their children at Willow Park West in Logan for the 17th annual Bear River Celebration.

Utah Lake experiences toxic algae bloom.
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For a third straight year, Utah officials are warning residents that a toxic algae bloom has made parts of Utah Lake near Provo unsafe for recreation. 

State and county agencies said Tuesday that recent tests on water samples showed high levels of toxin-producing cyanobacteria in the waters of Provo Bay. Other parts of the lake are not affected by the algal bloom and considered safe for recreation.

Utah Desert
wildaboututah.org

National weather and wildfire experts say the American Southwest is one of the regions hardest hit by drought as many areas have received just a fraction of their normal precipitation while temperatures have climbed.

Climatologist Brian Fuchs with National Drought Mitigation Center painted a grim picture Wednesday as he used a series of maps to depict the dryness that has consumed the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet.

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