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New federal funding is coming for environmental projects. Here are 12 projects happening in Utah

New federal funding is coming for environmental projects. Here are 12 projects happening in Utah

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted May 17 - 7:43 a.m.

Funds from the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill continue to trickle to the West.
Black bear relocated after jaunt around Morgan. Is the drought to blame?

Black bear relocated after jaunt around Morgan. Is the drought to blame?

Ashley Imlay and Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated May 16 - 11:01 a.m.

Wildlife officials say bear "conflicts," like one that happened near Morgan High School Monday morning, may increase this year because of the drought.
Why the number of wildlife refugees is on the rise in Utah

Why the number of wildlife refugees is on the rise in Utah

Zakary Sonntag, Deseret News  |  Posted May 16 - 9:09 a.m.

A new generation of Utah wildlife is coming to life, but the drought and breakneck development have pinched resources and natural habitats, steepening animals' odds of survival. 
Powered paragliding, ultralight aircraft flying now banned at Lake Powell

Powered paragliding, ultralight aircraft flying now banned at Lake Powell

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 11:55 a.m.

Powered paragliding, paramotor and flying ultralight aircraft or any similarly-sized aircraft is now banned in certain areas within the Glen Powell Dam Recreation Area.
Survey: Utahns supportive of tourism but problems, frustrations are brewing

Survey: Utahns supportive of tourism but problems, frustrations are brewing

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 12 - 8:12 a.m.

Two new surveys shed light on Utahns' perceptions of tourism, showing statewide support and capturing residents' concerns about quality of life in high-visitation areas.
National avian flu outbreak detected in Utah wild birds for 1st time

National avian flu outbreak detected in Utah wild birds for 1st time

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 11 - 7:35 p.m.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is now calling on people to report possible signs of the flu in wild birds, such as five or more dead waterfowl or shorebirds, or any individual scavengers or raptors found dead in the state.
'Extremely rare' 200-million-year-old fossils stolen from Capitol Reef National Park

'Extremely rare' 200-million-year-old fossils stolen from Capitol Reef National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 10 - 7:03 p.m.

National park rangers are trying to figure out who stole reptile track fossils dating back at least 200 million years from land at Capitol Reef National Park, and they credit an astute social media follower for noticing the previously undetected theft.
Climate data: How much have Utah's spring storms helped the state's drought?

Climate data: How much have Utah's spring storms helped the state's drought?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 9 - 7:11 p.m.

Utah has received more storms this spring than last spring, so why is the state's drought worsening?
Why it may take longer to launch your boat at Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge this summer

Why it may take longer to launch your boat at Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge this summer

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 9 - 1:08 p.m.

One component of the state's economy may make unwanted waves for boaters in northern Utah this summer.
Project underway to save the orchards at Capitol Reef National Park

Project underway to save the orchards at Capitol Reef National Park

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 8 - 1:11 p.m.

Volunteers will be replanting the original orchards in the Capitol Reef National Park to preserve them.
Overnight camping fees taking chomp at your wallet as Utahraptor State Park takes shape

Overnight camping fees taking chomp at your wallet as Utahraptor State Park takes shape

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6 - 7:11 p.m.

Utah Division of State Parks announced Friday that they will begin to implement an overnight camping fee one of the newest state parks.
With Bear Lake beaches reaching capacity, Idaho now takes reservations

With Bear Lake beaches reaching capacity, Idaho now takes reservations

Mike Anderson and Larry D Curtis, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 6 - 8:08 a.m.

Crowds in both Idaho and Utah are working on ways to accommodate big Bear Lake crowds that have grown tremendously in recent years.
How shared stewardship aims to save lives, forests and water in Utah

How shared stewardship aims to save lives, forests and water in Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted May 5 - 9:12 p.m.

The Department of Agriculture's Forest Service Shared Stewardship program with Utah brings partners together to develop and protect healthy forests and safeguard critical watersheds.
Will Salt Lake City's newest park reflect its Raging Waters past?

Will Salt Lake City's newest park reflect its Raging Waters past?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5 - 5:50 p.m.

The final plan for a Glendale park isn't complete, but there are a few emerging themes from the feedback the city received this year.
'It matters ... when your water goes away': Reexamining the end of Utah's 'lost oasis'

'It matters ... when your water goes away': Reexamining the end of Utah's 'lost oasis'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5 - 10:59 a.m.

Utah's West Desert was once a thriving wetland. So what happened to it?
Locked out: Fishermen upset by new gate at Pineview Reservoir

Locked out: Fishermen upset by new gate at Pineview Reservoir

Mike Headrick and Cindy St. Clair, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 5 - 8:19 a.m.

Fishermen found that, unlike years past, something stood in the way of hooking a big one at Pineview Reservoir: a newly installed gate at the popular Port Ramp boat launch area.
How Utah's record hunting, fishing license sales are now funding 91 habitat projects

How Utah's record hunting, fishing license sales are now funding 91 habitat projects

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated May 5 - 6:01 a.m.

Nearly 100 habitat restoration projects are set to receive funding through a portion of the state's record hunting and fishing license sales in recent years.
What's in Sen. Joe Manchin's outdoor recreation bill, and how would it impact Utah?

What's in Sen. Joe Manchin's outdoor recreation bill, and how would it impact Utah?

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted May 4 - 7:11 p.m.

A public lands bill cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday with a unanimous vote. Here are 10 key takeaways from the 155-page bill.
Vendor pulls out of Rockport State Park over 'long-term issues with park management'

Vendor pulls out of Rockport State Park over 'long-term issues with park management'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 2 - 7:11 p.m.

The concessions management company for a park in Summit County says it has severed its ties with the Utah Division of State Parks, citing "ongoing long-term issues with park management."
Injured climber rescued by helicopter in Zion after spending night on 6-inch cliffside ledge

Injured climber rescued by helicopter in Zion after spending night on 6-inch cliffside ledge

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted May 2 - 5:19 p.m.

An injured climber who had to spend the night on a cliffside crevice in Kolob Canyon was rescued by a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter using a hoist on Sunday.
Utah looking at 'particularly bad' fire season — but you and Mother Nature could change that

Utah looking at 'particularly bad' fire season — but you and Mother Nature could change that

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 2 - 2:31 p.m.

Experts project high risks early in the fire season for Utah but have the potential to taper off with forecast conditions ripe for monsoons.
Lake Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West's megadrought: Water or electricity?

Lake Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West's megadrought: Water or electricity?

René Marsh, CNN  |  Posted May 1 - 10:32 p.m.

Lake Powell, the country's second-largest reservoir, is drying up.
Utah Wildlife Board approves reduction of over 1K deer hunting permits

Utah Wildlife Board approves reduction of over 1K deer hunting permits

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 1 - 4:06 p.m.

The number of deer hunting permits in Utah is again decreasing this year as the species continues to feel the brunt of the state and region-wide drought.
Utah political leaders pressured to move quickly to save Great Salt Lake

Utah political leaders pressured to move quickly to save Great Salt Lake

Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News  |  Posted April 30 - 11:13 a.m.

The projection that the Great Salt Lake may hit a new record low this year is pressuring Utah political leaders to do more to protect the massive water body.
Utah division blames land 'misuse' for new Cache County camping area closure

Utah division blames land 'misuse' for new Cache County camping area closure

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 29 - 7:11 p.m.

The East Fork Little Bear River Wildlife Management Area is literally located in Paradise, but state wildlife officials say conditions are far from it as a result of ongoing "misuse" by campers.
How Interior's $1M grant helps avoid 'catastrophic' Great Salt Lake wetlands issues

How Interior's $1M grant helps avoid 'catastrophic' Great Salt Lake wetlands issues

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 29 - 3:14 p.m.

A $1M grant awarded by the federal government will go toward projects by the Great Salt Lake's northeast corner, according to a conservation group at the helm of the request.
'I wasn't prepared to be in the snow': Number of Utah hiker rescues rises slightly from last year

'I wasn't prepared to be in the snow': Number of Utah hiker rescues rises slightly from last year

Shara Park, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 29 - 8:46 a.m.

As spring temperatures warm in Utah and people head to the mountains for a picnic or hiking, the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team is warning of dangerous conditions and urging visitors to be prepared.
Feds look to repopulate frog species once believed to be extinct in Utah, Southwest

Feds look to repopulate frog species once believed to be extinct in Utah, Southwest

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 28 - 11:59 a.m.

Biologists once believed the relict leopard frog had gone extinct. It's now prime for a big comeback
67 wild horses died in a Colorado holding pen. Why?

67 wild horses died in a Colorado holding pen. Why?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted April 27 - 9:44 p.m.

The Colorado state office of the Bureau of Land Management is working to learn what killed 67 wild horses kept at its Canon City Wild Horse Facility, about 300 miles from Utah.
Daily fish limits increased ahead of new projects at 4 Utah bodies of water

Daily fish limits increased ahead of new projects at 4 Utah bodies of water

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 27 - 8:05 p.m.

Utah wildlife officials are increasing the number of fish people can catch per day at four spots in the state as they prepare for a pair of projects that will otherwise kill off the fish.
Bureau adds new Grand County camping options as area tourism swells

Bureau adds new Grand County camping options as area tourism swells

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 27 - 4:17 p.m.

A new campground available in Grand County offers more than two dozen new sites for campers in a popular mountain biking area as visitation to southeast Utah continues to reach record numbers.
Why it matters that the Great Salt Lake will likely drop to a new historic low this year

Why it matters that the Great Salt Lake will likely drop to a new historic low this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 7:11 p.m.

The Great Salt Lake is expected to drop another 2 feet overall this year. Some industries are already feeling the pinch of its decline.
Campground by Utah-Arizona border turns to online reservations as popularity grows

Campground by Utah-Arizona border turns to online reservations as popularity grows

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 12:23 p.m.

Reservations for a campground along the Virgin River just south of the Utah-Arizona border are going online for the first time.
Park City residents speak out after resort proposes parking fee, new lift

Park City residents speak out after resort proposes parking fee, new lift

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated April 26 - 10:12 a.m.

Several Park City residents showed up Monday to speak against a parking fee and new ski lift for Park City Mountain Resort.
How Utah's drought conditions will influence fish stocking at state reservoirs

How Utah's drought conditions will influence fish stocking at state reservoirs

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 6:18 a.m.

Utah wildlife officials are once again thinking about the drought as they prepare for the oncoming fishing rush.
Five black bears were hibernating under a home for months. The home's occupant had no idea

Five black bears were hibernating under a home for months. The home's occupant had no idea

Sara Smart, CNN  |  Posted April 24 - 3:30 p.m.

One South Lake Tahoe, California, renter had some unknown guests living underneath their house.
Why these animal antlers and furs, confiscated in Utah, are going up for auction

Why these animal antlers and furs, confiscated in Utah, are going up for auction

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 24 - 10:11 a.m.

An auction taking place Monday and Tuesday helps protect animals in an interesting way.
Snow drops just in time for end of Utah ski season

Snow drops just in time for end of Utah ski season

Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 22 - 10:19 p.m.

The storm that brought steady rain to much of the valley dumped several inches of snow in the mountains Friday, just in time for the end of the ski season at resorts like Alta Ski Area.
Of bees and trees: It's Earth Day and its inhabitants are celebrating

Of bees and trees: It's Earth Day and its inhabitants are celebrating

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted April 22 - 3:01 p.m.

In honor of Earth Day, President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order to help protect old growth forests on federal lands at risk due to wildfires in the West, beetles and disease.
Can this tweak to Utah vehicle law help reduce toxic Great Salt Lake dust?

Can this tweak to Utah vehicle law help reduce toxic Great Salt Lake dust?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 22 - 9:11 a.m.

A bill that becomes law next month makes it clear motor vehicles aren't allowed on dried lakebeds, which is critical for the Great Salt Lake.
Cox orders another emergency drought declaration; Lake Powell to receive more water

Cox orders another emergency drought declaration; Lake Powell to receive more water

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 21 - 1:53 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox on Thursday issued a state of emergency regarding the state's drought. Utah and three other states also approved a plan to send water from Flaming Gorge to Lake Powell.
Could Utah children help shape the destiny of the ailing Great Salt Lake?

Could Utah children help shape the destiny of the ailing Great Salt Lake?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted April 20 - 7:58 p.m.

Wings & Water is among many educational outreach efforts offered to get youth acquainted with the unique features offered of the Great Salt Lake.
Salt Lake City seeks 5 new trailheads, pauses extension on new trails after snag

Salt Lake City seeks 5 new trailheads, pauses extension on new trails after snag

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 19 - 9:29 p.m.

The next phase of the much-anticipated Salt Lake City Foothills Trail System master plan is getting delayed again.
This river in the American West is the most endangered river in the U.S.

This river in the American West is the most endangered river in the U.S.

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted April 19 - 7:11 p.m.

It irrigates 90% of the nation's winter crops.
Gov. Spencer Cox hails 'generational' effort in Utah's water law history

Gov. Spencer Cox hails 'generational' effort in Utah's water law history

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted April 18 - 9:09 p.m.

Against the backdrop of a half-full Jordanelle Reservoir, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson participated in a Monday ceremonial signing of the dozen water bills passed by the Utah Legislature.
One of Zion National Park's older, more popular trails is getting a makeover

One of Zion National Park's older, more popular trails is getting a makeover

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 18 - 3:06 p.m.

Improvements are being made to one of two trails at Zion National Park originally completed by a Great Depression-era program.
Honeybees: Earth's super-pollinators gather in swarms, balls to usher in spring

Honeybees: Earth's super-pollinators gather in swarms, balls to usher in spring

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 18 - 8:56 a.m.

With spring in full swing in Southern Utah, honeybees are busy gathering pollen and stocking their hives and can sometimes be seen forming giant, somewhat alarming clusters on tree branches or on houses.
What caused the mighty return to 'the Mighty 5' national parks?

What caused the mighty return to 'the Mighty 5' national parks?

Robert Lawrence, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted April 17 - 5:37 p.m.

As National Park Week begins, we look at the factors driving more visitors to Utah's National Parks, and how Arches plans to manage the crowds in 2022.
Search is on for weather balloon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Search is on for weather balloon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 16 - 5:17 p.m.

There's a lot of empty room at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and somewhere in all that open land is a weather balloon that crashed just a couple of weeks ago.
Climate change is changing winter, Utah, Western mountain guides say

Climate change is changing winter, Utah, Western mountain guides say

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted April 16 - 1:46 p.m.

Receding glaciers, unbearable desert heat and forgotten ice climbing routes — for years, mountain guides watched as a warming climate changed the landscapes they work in.
Why wildlife biologists want you to keep all small lake trout caught at Flaming Gorge

Why wildlife biologists want you to keep all small lake trout caught at Flaming Gorge

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 16 - 10:21 a.m.

State wildlife biologists have a simple solution to helping the future of lake trout and other fish that live in the reservoir.
3 Utah projects to receive $6.4M from feds for aquatic species, habitat improvements

3 Utah projects to receive $6.4M from feds for aquatic species, habitat improvements

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 14 - 10:22 p.m.

A trio of projects aimed at improving fish habitats in and around Utah are slated to receive a little over $6.4 million from a round of funds aimed to protect aquatic species and habitats across the country.
How much did this week's storms help Utah's snowpack?

How much did this week's storms help Utah's snowpack?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 14 - 12:28 p.m.

This week's storm proved to be a little helpful in terms of Utah's water supply.
Great Salt Lake's sinking levels could impact bird migration

Great Salt Lake's sinking levels could impact bird migration

Kira Hoffelmeyer, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted April 14 - 8:41 a.m.

The drying of the Great Salt Lake could have dire consequences for the birds migrating through the area. But there are a few reasons for it.
In drought-stricken West, officials weigh emergency actions at Lake Powell

In drought-stricken West, officials weigh emergency actions at Lake Powell

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted April 13 - 10:03 p.m.

Federal officials say it may be necessary to reduce water deliveries to Colorado River users to prevent the shutdown of a huge dam on the Arizona-Utah border.
What this week's cold snap means for Utah's blossoming trees

What this week's cold snap means for Utah's blossoming trees

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 12 - 1:01 p.m.

What does Utah's sudden cold snap mean for the health of your trees at home, especially following an early start to spring weather?
Record-breaking $4.2M raised in Utah conservation permits this year

Record-breaking $4.2M raised in Utah conservation permits this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 7:11 p.m.

The money generated will go toward projects that benefit Utah's natural landscape and wildlife habitats.
$12M visitor center expansion planned for Antelope Island as park's popularity grows

$12M visitor center expansion planned for Antelope Island as park's popularity grows

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 9 - 9:19 a.m.

Big changes are coming to the Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center.
'Committed to this plan': How Salt Lake City's parks, public lands may change in next 20 years

'Committed to this plan': How Salt Lake City's parks, public lands may change in next 20 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 7 - 1:31 p.m.

A proposed master plan offers a window into the future of parks, trails and public lands in and around Salt Lake City over the next 20 years.