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The San Rafael River is one of the most perturbed ecosystems in the state and is currently on the 303D list of degraded waters due to high concentrations of total dissolved solids.

Mule deer breed from early November through early December. That's why Brent Stettler has chosen Nov. 19 as the day to hold his first mule deer watch in southeastern Utah.

Jason Jones counted 22,702 swans during a flight over the marshes on Nov. 2, 2011. That's more than triple the 7,084 he counted during a survey on Oct. 25.

The geologic history of Bryce Canyon National Park is rich and complex. Many processes and events have interacted over vast amounts of time to create and continually alter this unique landscape.

Mill Creek Canyon is located off 3800 South and Wasatch Boulevard east of Salt Lake City, Utah. A groomed ski trail begins 5 miles up the canyon where the winter gate at Maple Grove Picnic Area is closed. The yurt is located at the Upper Big Water Trailhead at the end of the ski trail, approximately 4.5 miles from the Maple Grove winter gate.

The holiday season is coming, and for many, cutting their own tree on the national forest is a long-standing family tradition. Weather conditions in the mountains are unpredictable so always be prepared for winter weather.

Cushing says the no limit and catch-and-kill regulations are just the first of many ideas DWR biologists are discussing to fight illegal fish stocking in Utah. "This month," he says, "we'll discuss which ideas we might want to implement next."

A certificate of registration is required for propagating any native amphibian or reptile collected in Utah and classified as controlled for propagation, except as otherwise provided by the Wildlife Board.

The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to improving the quality of public lands and the communities surrounding them through partnership projects, service, and education. The UCC is primarily funded through an AmeriCorps grant from the Utah Commission on Volunteers and generates other needed revenue through partnership projects.

With the fall hunts in full swing, officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking for the public's assistance in solving three Sevier County poaching cases. These incidents are particularly egregious because the animals were shot and left to waste in each instance

Approved by the Utah Wildlife Board in December 2010, the changes are the biggest deer hunting changes seen in the state in almost 20 years.

In a federal press release issued on Friday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar identified the Jordan River Parkway and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge as two projects representing what states believe are best investments in the nation to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs across the country.

25th Annual Bison Roundup

Mon, 24 Oct 2011

Volunteer wranglers will saddle-up and move the park's herd of 600 free-roaming bison from the southern tip of the Island to the bison corrals on the northern end of the island.

When the state's pheasant and quail hunts open on Nov. 5, don't be surprised if you see some younger birds. Pheasants and quail nest in April and May.

Catfish are hard to come by in southwest Utah, so Parowan Pond is very popular and experiences a high amount of pressure in the summer. A small nature center is also located at the pond.

Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison and hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat.

A must-have calendar featuring scenic photographs highlighting Utah's geologic diversity. The photographs were taken by UGS employees who are often on assignment in some of the state?s most interesting and unique locations.

Fivemile Pass is a popular OHV play area where many people also come to camp out, especially on holiday weekends. There is a large parking area for day users and many dirt roads for exploring, camping, etc.

Halloween Park- Pelican Group Area is full of spooky activities including Monster Laser Tag, hay jump, hay rides, sandbox for kids, hay maze, free pumpkins for the kids, spook alley, and Halloween light display. Activity hours are 4 to 10 p.m., and 7 to 10 p.m., for the light display. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children.

Ride freely across sand dunes, unending trails, and enjoy a 700-foot mountain of sand. Come and enjoy the unusual white sand while playing, sun bathing and castle building. Discover Little Sahara...

Fall fishing on Boulder Mountain is one of the best times of the year to fish for the colorful Colorado River cutthroat and Brook trout. The state record brook trout was caught on Boulder Mountain. Does a fish that will best the record exist? Maybe, but it might be tiger trout. Colorado River cutthroat, rainbow and Arctic grayling that are also found on this high-mountain fishery in Southern Utah.

Every fall, biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources search the slower waters of the Green River and some of its tributaries like the White River for young-of-the-year fish.

Utah's muzzleloader deer hunt ended on Oct. 6. Next up is the state's most popular hunt, the general rifle buck deer hunt. The rifle hunt starts Oct. 22. Between now and then, Anis Aoude says colder temperatures would help hunters a bunch.

The Town of Brian Head wanted to make and maintain a sustainable, environmentally friendly, and multi-use trail system, but did not have the expertise to develop it. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supported the project by collecting GPS data, identifying trailhead locations, and developing a master plan for trail markers and educational signs.

This historic property built in 1880 provides a glimpse of turn-of-the-century frontier life in Brown's Park. John Jarvie, a business man from Scotland, chose this particular one because of the naturally occurring river crossing.

Utah's state parks are more than great places to visit. State parks and museum provide tremendous economic benefits to our state and local communities through increased revenue and tourism.

Starting October 1st, visitors to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forests may see and be contacted by Forest Service employees and contractors surveying forest visitor use.

On Oct. 15 ? three weeks before the regular pheasant and quail hunt starts ? those who are 15 years of age or younger can hunt pheasants and quail in Utah. After Oct. 15, the pheasant and quail hunt will close. The hunt will reopen ? for hunters of all ages ? on Nov. 5.

"We've heard of some nice fish coming out of Steinaker and Starvation reservoirs," said Ron Stewart, Conservation Outreach Manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). "Starvation anglers have been excited about the size and fight of the rainbows.

The mission of Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum is to preserve, protect and interpret the historical resources in this area. Participating in the Junior Pony Express Rider program is a great way to learn about and help preserve the history at this park.

Many of the state's waterfowl management areas ? even the isolated ones, such as Clear Lake and Deseret Lake ? have plenty of water in them. Abundant water means plenty of food for the birds and plenty of places to hunt.

"You're crucial to our law enforcement efforts," says Captain Rick Olson with the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We need your eyes, your help and your support. "We need your help to protect your wildlife."

The public saw the unveiling of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?s newest dinosaur, Talos Sampsoni and enjoyed a community picnic celebrating 15 years of the Monument?s ?Learning from the Land,? Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Kanab?s Jacob Hamblin Park.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) in coordination with the Washington County Water Conservancy District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a treatment project to benefit and protect native fish species in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. The project is scheduled for October 3?8, 2011.

Since 1991, this week-long camp has been providing high-school age students the opportunity to learn about natural resource and science-related fields of study and potential careers through hands-on activities, and field investigations.

Sixteen Division of Wildlife Resources employees were honored recently for their work to help Utah's wildlife. The employees received their honors at the division's Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet was held Sept. 7 at Gardner Village in West Jordan.

Enjoy exploring the San Rafael Swell from your base camp in one of our newly constructed yurts. These modern adaptations of the ancient shelters used by Central Asian nomads come furnished for up to five people with a grill area set up outside for cooking and a propane stove inside to keep you warm on chilly nights.

Chukar fever

Wed, 14 Sep 2011

You can find chukars in many mountain ranges throughout the state. They prefer steep, rocky, semi-arid slopes. They spend time in rabbitbrush, sagebrush, saltbush and cheat grass below the juniper tree belt. The birds also prefer loose rock (talus) slopes that can conceal them and sometimes provide shade.

The public is invited to attend the unveiling of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?s newest dinosaur and community picnic celebrating 15 years of the Monument?s ?Learning from the Land.? The event will take place on Saturday, September 17th at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT, from 12-2 p.m.

Do you love hiking with your best friend? Bring your furry friend to Dead Horse Point State Park and explore nine miles of scenic vistas along the dog-friendly trails.

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