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Those who prefer to get their information on Facebook can now follow the Utah State Parks to get the latest videos, information, and events.  Recent subscribers even won prizes like custom golfballs from Soldier Hollow!

Explore the history and natural beauty within Utah's state parks.  Get the official word on the parks from the Utah Department of Natural Resources.

Join Heather Finlayson, Curator, for a behind the scenes tour of our paleontology laboratory. This is a wonderful opportunity to view areas of the museum not normally open to the public. The tour will cover how to prepare fossils, and include a demonstration of the tools and techniques for cleaning and conserving fossils.

"Each of the bulls was killed illegally and then left to rot," says Ben Riley. "Each one that was lost means fewer hunting opportunities for hunters and fewer chances to see these bulls while camping and hiking."

"We need the public's help to catch the people who killed these animals" If you have information, please call Casey Mickelsen at (435) 820-6010. You are not have to give him your name.

See hundreds of wild elk

Mon, 14 Dec 2009

You can take a sleigh ride that gets you close to as many as 600 wild elk.

The rides are available four days a week at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area.

By a 4-to-2 vote, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to shorten Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt from nine days to five days for hunters who are 19 years of age or older on Aug. 21. (Aug. 21 is the first day of the state's 2010 general archery buck deer hunt.)

Willard Bay State Park hosts Fantasy at the Bay, a drive-through holiday light display November 24 through December 31. Display hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly and admission is $7 per vehicle. Utah State Parks Annual Passes are not valid during light display hours.

Season parking passes for the Monte Cristo Snowmobile Trailhead are available for $50.

"Come home for Christmas" to the Iron Mission State Park for a celebration of the season and pioneer heritage. The cost for this trip back in time is just $3.00 per family but the memory of Christmas at the Homestead will last a lifetime. Call (435) 586-9290.

On Nov. 25, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources released a northern river otter into the Provo River between Jordanelle and Deer Creek reservoirs. (This stretch of the river is commonly referred to as the "middle Provo.")

Earlier this month, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) released 20 desert bighorn sheep into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

The sheep were captured by Nevada Department of Wildlife biologists near Lake Mead in southern Nevada.

Utah law requires youth, ages eight to 16 to complete the Utah State Parks and Recreation Know Before You Go! snowmobile education course before operating on public lands, roads or trails.

This is the near-final draft of the 2010 Utah Fishing Guidebook. This draft may contain errors and is subject to change. If you download the draft edition, please make sure that you download the final edition of the guidebook when it is available. The final edition of the guidebook will be available online by Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

Some of the best citizen science opportunities involve birds. Come and learn about some great upcoming citizen science projects as well as the basics of birds and bird watching. This program is geared towards individuals, families, scout groups and anyone interested in getting more involved in something great.

Swans stopping in Utah

Wed, 18 Nov 2009

The DWR usually flies its weekly swan surveys on Tuesday mornings. You can stay updated on where the swans are by logging onto the DWR's Web site at wildlife.utah.gov/waterfowl/swan/swansurvey.php.

The festival begins on Friday evening, Nov. 20, at the Moab Information Center. The center is at the corner of Center and Main streets in Moab.

At 7 p.m., Justin Shannon, regional wildlife manager for the DWR, will present a PowerPoint program about bighorn sheep ecology and their life history. Shannon did his graduate thesis on this very topic.

Movie Night at the Museum

Mon, 09 Nov 2009

Come join the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and the Uintah Recreation District for our 3rd annual "Movie Night at the Museum". We will be showing the family film "Night at the Museum:Battle for the Smithsonian." The event is free, but tickets are required and can be picked up in advance at the Uintah Community Center. The movie times are 5:45 PM and 8:00 PM.

On Oct. 24, a bunch of volunteers assembled behind the Archway Inn in Moab. The team was armed with shovels, water buckets and a lot of determination.

Their mission? Plant more than 2,000 native plants at the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve, which was ravaged by fire last fall.

Iron Mission Days

Thu, 05 Nov 2009

7 Nov 2009 - 11 Nov 2009

A celebration of Cedar City's birthday and pioneer heritage.

Saturday the 7th - Special community day of living history/pioneer craft demonstrations, family Hand-cart Pull, guided tour of historic Cedar City cemetery,10:00-5:00

Orem, Utah – The numbers of Japanese beetles in Orem have nearly been reduced to zero following three years of intense treatment by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and remarkable public participation.

Youth OHV Education Course

Wed, 04 Nov 2009

  The online youth OHV education course fee is $30 per student and must be passed only once.  The certification covers ATVs, off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and side-by-side ATVs (type II ATVs or UTVs).

In June, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists collected about 64,000 eggs from female Colorado River cutthroat trout in Duck Fork Reservoir. Then they used milt from male cutthroats to fertilize the eggs on site before taking the eggs to the Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery. Hatchery workers used the fertilized eggs to raise about 30,000 three-inch-sized fish.

Ghost fish in Steinaker?

Mon, 02 Nov 2009

Anglers are raising their eyebrows at Steinaker Reservoir. "What is this fish I just caught?" many of them are asking. "It looks like a ghost. Is it radioactive?!" 

The 'Wild West' returns to Antelope Island State Park! Join us for the 23rd Annual Bison Roundup, Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1, 2009.

Children age eight to 15 are invited to celebrate Halloween with
an evening of spooky off-highway vehicle riding at the Jordan River Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Center Friday, October 30 from 3 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per family. Only riders eight through 15 are allowed to ride during this time

Utah State Parks and Recreation is currently seeking a representative to serve on the Utah Recreational Trails Advisory Council, and to specifically represent the interests of equestrian trail users. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, December 1.

The time of year when you can hunt deer and elk in Utah might change in 2011.  The ideas the Division of Wildlife Resources has come up with wouldn't be implemented until the 2011 hunts. But the changes are big enough that the DWR wants to get the ideas out now so there's plenty of time for you to comment.

You might see a few more deer when Utah's rifle buck deer hunt starts Oct. 17. The weather this past spring and winter was almost ideal for mule deer.

You should catch more fish more often when you visit Utah's community fishing waters next year. 

And while it might take a year or two to notice, perch fishing at waters across Utah should become more consistent too.

Two changes approved by the Utah Wildlife Board on Oct. 1—a two-fish limit at the community waters and a 50-fish yellow perch limit across the state—are the reasons for both.

The new limits start Jan. 1, 2010.

Dutch Hollow Trail Work Day

Wed, 07 Oct 2009

The last trail work day of the year will take place on Saturday, October 10 starting at 9:00 am at the Dutch Hollow Trail Complex in Midway Utah. Midway is beautiful this time of year, the weather is cool and perfect for getting out and enjoying the trails. Come help park staff and other volunteers fix up, re-route and prune back the trails.

You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at the Elk Festival at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. The festival is free of charge. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 10.

Bison on the Henry Mountains

Mon, 28 Sep 2009

The number of bison on the Henry Mountains needs to be reduced.

Is moving more bison from the Henry Mountains to the Book Cliffs the answer? Or should the state offer more hunting permits?

This fall's duck hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. The number of ducks is way up from last year. And the marsh conditions are great at many of Utah's hunting areas.

Now, if the weather will just cooperate!

Utah's waterfowl hunt starts Oct. 3.

The Utah Water Quality Board has reserved approximately $4 million dollars of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds to be received by the state to fund “GREEN” water quality projects in Utah. This funding will be targeted toward nonpoint source, green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmentally innovative projects as outlined in EPA’s Guidance issued by the Office of Water on March 2, 2009.

The Utah Geological Survey’s newest geologic maps could prove useful in efforts to address geologic hazard and resource issues in Utah County. The maps cover parts of central and southern Utah Valley and surrounding areas.

Participants will learn how to make pottery like the ancient Fremont Indians. Through one-on-one instruction, local artists will teach methods of pottery making, decorating and firing in a rock-lined pit. Preregistration and workshop fee required. For more information and registration form, contact Kari Carlisle at karicarlisle@utah.gov or 435-527-4631.

Heber City — Fluorescent red kokanee salmon have started to swim up some of the tributaries to Strawberry Reservoir. The salmon make this journey as part of their annual spawning run.

You can see hundreds of these salmon and possibly other wildlife, too at the annual Strawberry Valley Wildlife Festival.

Come and enjoy a short presentation about the stories behind the constellations we know and love. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:00pm on 9/26. The program lasts about two hours.  Bring the family!

This is the near-final draft of the 2010 Utah Turkey Guidebook. This draft may contain errors and is subject to change. If you download the draft edition, please make sure that you download the final edition of the guidebook when it is available. The final edition of the guidebook will be available online by Thursday, September 3, 2009.

Camphosts and Museum Hosts greet park visitors, provide information about the park and surrounding areas, collect user fees, and assist with maintenance, cleaning and general upkeep of the campground or museum. Camphosts also oversee day-to-day campground activities and help deter vandalism. Most of our parks have full hookups for hosts in exchange for 30 or more hours a week of volunteer efforts.

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