Quantcast

Environment

Last Updated Jan 15, 2017 12:06PM

No oil and gas leases have been issued on public lands in Washington County for a decade, but that could change June 15 when the Bureau of Land Management proposes to auction two parcels just west of Zion National Park. …

Read This Article            Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Cedar Mesa’s sandstone canyons are part of Bears Ears National Monument. Leonardo DiCaprio's foundation among groups giving combined $1.5M to Bears Ears ‘engagement’ fund
    Philanthropic groups, including movie star Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation, have seeded a fund aimed at building “community engagement” with the new Be...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 12:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of Save Our Canyons Bonanza Flats near the Wasatch Crest’s Guardsman Pass would be preserved under a $38 million deal reached by Park City leaders with the 1,350-acre parcel’s owner. This land was to become a 260-unit luxury destination, but the city, Summit County and nine non-profit groups have joined forces to acquire the land for public enjoyment and habitat conservation. Park City to buy, preserve 1,350-acre Bonanza Flats — for $38 million
    Park City officials on Thursday announced a $38 million deal to buy and preserve Bonanza Flats, a 1,350-acre parcel rich in scenery, wildlife and wild...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Health warning issued on some Utah-caught fish
    State officials are warning residents against eating fish caught at three Utah locations — Big Sand Wash Reservoir, Millsite Reservoir and Pineview Re...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 04:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Zion closes 2 hiking trails amid rain, snow and rock slides
    Zion National Park officials say rain and snow have closed parts of two trails because they’re unsafe for hikers. Rangers in Southern Utah said Wednes...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 10:06 am   |     |   Share


MORE ENVIRONMENT STORIES
  • Courtesy  |  Discovery Communications  The Diesel Brothers takes a Duramax pickup truck out for a spin for the Discovery Channel show ’Diesel Brothers.’ Utah environmentalists file suit against Discovery Channel’s Diesel Brothers
    A local environmental group has made good on its threat to sue the TV personalities known as the Diesel Brothers. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Enviro...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Exhibits at the Outdoor Retailer event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 10, 2017. Utah guv pushes back on Black Diamond exec’s call for Outdoor Retailer convention to leave the state
    As a top recreation-industry executive called Tuesday for the Outdoor Retailer show to leave Salt Lake City, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert sought to push bac...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 11:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brady Willison fishes a stretch of the Upper Provo that flows through the 7,000-acre Victory Ranch, a luxury destination near Francis. He was able to legally fish there in November thanks to ruling invalidating Utah’s restrictive stream access law. But the Utah Supreme Court this week stayed that ruling pending the outcome of the appeal, so such streams can no longer be accessed without property owners’ permission. Utah’s top court wades into waterway fight
    A controversial law limiting public access to streams came under scrutiny by the Utah Supreme Court on Monday as justices weighed whether the Public W...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 08:12 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Wild horses from Utah’s Swasey herd are rounded up by Cattoor Livestock Roundup Co in the West Desert near the Swasey Mountains Thursday February 14, 2013. Under the Bureau of Land Management operation 50 miles west of Delta, helicopter wranglers will gather 262 horses. One hundred will be released back into the Swasey Herd Management Area — one of Utah’s 19 HMAs on federal land. Many of the horses released will be mares treated with the contraceptive Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22). Bureau of Land Management begins busy season of horse roundups in Utah
    Federal land managers are embarking on the busiest wild horse roundup season in years for Utah. Helicopter-assisted wranglers will gather around 1,500...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 11:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Prodded by a federal judge, Bureau of Land Management approves stalled drilling permits on Utah’s West Tavaputs
    Spurred by a federal judge, the Bureau of Land Management has issued permits allowing drilling on Utah’s West Tavaputs Plateau — after a Houston energ...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 09:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    New owners of a former state trust section have locked this gate to a county road crossing the now private land near Comb Ridge. The spot, a few miles west of Bluff, is in the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument. Lyman Family Farm blocks road to popular part of new Bears Ears monument in Utah
    The new owner of land outside Bluff has blocked a route the public commonly uses to get to Utah’s Comb Ridge — an area long popular with nearby reside...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Heidi Redd, owner of the Indian Creek Cattle Company, on her ranch inside the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Bears Ears backers say work is needed to ensure designation results in protection — not degradation
    A few miles from Bluff • A 20-minute walk from an unmarked trailhead on Butler Wash Road sits one of many ancient dwellings in the small canyons that ...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Brian Maffly  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    House on Fire ruin, located in South Mule Canyon on Cedar Mesa, is among up to 100,000 archaeological sites within the Bears Ears region. What is Bears Ears? Take a look inside Utah’s new national monument
    Before an inter-tribal coalition attached the name Bears Ears to what has become the most debated national monument proposal in a generation, not many...
    Updated Jan 01 2017 01:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Jim Dalrymple  |  Tribune file photo)   A line of cars waits to enter Zion National Park in  2013. Winter visitation has increased nearly 70 percent  causing officials to turn some visitors away. Utah’s Zion National Park so popular that even ‘offseason’ has gridlock
    Even by Utah standards, few things are as beautiful as snow on redrock, especially in Zion Canyon where visitors can take in this lovely sight this we...
    Updated Dec 31 2016 08:13 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Clear water falls into a pool in a sandstone canyon on Cedar Mesa in San Juan County.  The area is included for a proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Separating fact from fiction in Bears Ears debate
    A look at several of the most prominent claims being made about the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument....

    Updated Jan 03 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Local residents show up to protest of the new Bears Ears Monument in Monticello, Thursday, December 29, 2016. ‘We are the stewards of the land here’: Southern Utah residents rally against Obama’s Bears Ears declaration
    Monticello • A dozen state and county leaders gathered in Monticello on Thursday morning to decry a monument designation they said was made from the s...
    Updated Dec 30 2016 02:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     An inversion blankets Salt Lake City and the valley on Thursday. Utah will welcome 2017 with bad air and broken pollution monitors
    Utah’s first major pollution episode of the season likely will be sticking around to ring in the new year, but equipment failures are already interfer...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 09:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Pro- Bears Ears National Monument supporters hold up their Bears Ears signs during press conference at the Utah State Capitol Preservation Room in Salt Lake City Monday December 19, 2016.  Speakers included Chairman Shaun Chapoose, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uinta Ouray Reservation, Delegate Davis Filfred, Navajo Nation Council and Malcolm Lehi, former White Mesa representative of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council. Reactions to Utah’s new Bears Ears National Monument, from scathing to celebratory
    Utahns’ reactions to the announcement of the new 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah was immediate and ardent....

    Updated Dec 29 2016 03:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lockhart Basin, seen south of the Colorado River. Obama declares Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday protected a sprawling landscape in southeastern Utah that many had either hoped or dreaded would join the outgoing...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 09:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Photo by Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Arch Canyon in San Juan County Monument FAQ: How will Bears Ears be managed?
    While on vacation in Hawaii, President Barack Obama created a new national monument in southeast Utah. He did so by proclamation, a nine-page document...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 07:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Traffic on Interstate 215 and Interstate 80 Thursday December 22, 2016.  Want to really help fight Utah pollution? Buy a new car, group suggests
    With new federal regulations for vehicle emissions set to take effect this coming year, state officials are eager to remind residents of the impact th...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |   Tribune file photo)     A view of the Carbon Power Plant, a 60-year-old coal-fired electical-generating station, near Helper, Utah Friday, September 27, 2013. The plant was retired in April 2015 and Rocky Mountain Power has been in the process of grading and capping a nearby coal ash waste pile for permanent closure.But a rainstorm Aug. 4 sent floodwaters down Panther Canyon, overwhelmed stormwater systems and pushed an estimated 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash into the Price River. Rocky Mountain Power will pay state $15K for spill that sent coal ash into river
    Rocky Mountain Power has agreed to pay just more than $15,000 in penalties to the state Division of Water Quality to resolve last summer’s release of ...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 10:15 am   |     |   Share
  • (Brian Maffly  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rocky Mountain Power operates this ìresearch farm,’ which it irrigates with wastewater from its coal-fired Huntington Power Plant, seen in the background.  Now the utility hopes to pipe millions of gallons of mine discharge to a retention pond serving these fields as part of its plan to close the nearby Deer Creek coal mine in Utah’s Emery County. Enviornmental groups want the Forest Service, which has authorized the necessary pipeline, to take a harder look at the project. Rocky Mountain Power says plant’s ‘research farm’ is perfectly safe
    Just below the Huntington Power Plant, a coal-fired generating station at the mouth of the eponymous central Utah canyon, agricultural plots spread ou...
    Updated Dec 24 2016 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pine Valley Mountains behind Red Cliffs near Leeds, Utah. (Tom Wharton Photo) Southern Utah conservation plan finalized without highway across tortoise preserve
    After years of meetings, discussions and a little horse trading, the Bureau of Land Management this week released final management plans for two natio...
    Updated Dec 23 2016 09:42 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A jogger and her dog in Sugar House Park, Wednesday, December 21, 2016.   Cold temps are a recipe for skepticism about climate change, Utah State study says
    Feeling chilly? You might be inclined to call humbug on climate change, according to a new study from a Utah State University researcher. The study, p...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 08:10 am   |     |   Share