Help save Bonanza Flats! $3 million needed by June 15

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Most people think Bonanza Flats, the alpine area at the top of Guardsman Pass in the Wasatch Mountains, is part of the National Forest, but it’s actually an old mining claim—and it’s for sale. In November negotiations lapsed between owner Wells Fargo and a developer, setting off a race by surrounding local governments  and conservation […]

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke votes for toxic lead bullets

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On his first day on the job, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke caved to pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and overturned an Obama Administration policy banning lead ammunition. Lead is a neurotoxin that is a particular problem for vultures and other scavengers which are poisoned when they eat carcasses of animals that have been […]

Utah drought ends!

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Thanks to a late-starting but snowy winter, Utah is free from drought conditions for the first time since 2011. It’s time to go boating and fishing! Now that we have all learned good water conservation habits, let’s do our part to keep water flowing freely in Utah’s rivers and streams. U.S. Drought Monitor, Utah More […]

U.S. Congress repeals BLM Planning 2.0

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Apparently, giving power to the people is not what Republicans mean by “local control.” Since the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages about 42% of Utah, it’s important for citizens to have a voice in public lands management. In order to address complaints about lack of transparency, the Obama Administration sought to improve the public […]

Herbert loses outdoor retailer show

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It was the last straw for Outdoor Retailers when Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed HCR11 asking the Trump administration to rescind Bears Ears National Monument. The OR organization has pulled its annual summer and winter trade shows from Salt Lake City to look for a new venue. At issue were Utah’s public lands policies that […]

Utah Rivers Council exposes secret water data

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The Utah Rivers Council (URC) won a major victory, forcing the Utah Division of Water Resources to explain why the agency has been keeping data about Utah water use a secret. A 2015 legislative audit found that the Division didn’t know how much water Utah uses, and yet the Division has convinced lawmakers that Utah’s […]

2017 Conservation in the West poll

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The 2017 Conservation in the West poll from Colorado College asked a surprising question: “Donald Trump has said that he will follow in the footsteps of President Theodore Roosevelt, the President who created the first national parks and national monuments. Trump says he opposes transferring those lands to state governments because “We have to be […]

100% renewable energy for Moab

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Last month the City Council of Moab, Utah passed a resolution committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2032. The city cited the threat of climate change to the booming recreation economy as a reason for the transition to clean energy, and regional haze from power plants ruins views in nearby National Parks. Salt Lake City […]

U.S. Congress update

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With a Republican president and Republicans in control of both the U.S. House and Senate, anti-environmental bills are popping up like whack-a-moles. Here are some that affect Utah: Utah’s Congressional delegation claims that they were promoting “local control” by voting for a resolution against the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule. However, the rule they opposed actually […]

Secret water plans and other shenanigans

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The Utah Rivers Council (URC) called fake news on an announcement from the Utah Division of Water Resources that the Bear River Project could be delayed due to slower than expected population growth. A press release from URC noted that in fact, the Bear River Project will never be necessary, and yet the State is […]

 
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