public lands

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Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz introduced the long-awaited Public Lands Initiative bill on Thursday.


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In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, about recent fish surveys done in the lower Dolores River, what has been learned about the health of the fish population there, and how his studies could influence river management in the future.

Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition Website

It has been less than one year since the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the two Ute Tribes came together in support of a national monument designation in an area west of Bluff, Utah known as the Bear's Ears. The Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition believes that a national monument, managed by a partnership between the tribes, is the best way to protect the sites that are important to their cultural heritage and traditional ways.

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A nonprofit watchdog group is calling for a full accounting of money spent by the state of Utah on a lawsuit seeking the transfer of federal public lands. The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability sent a letter Wednesday to the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, a legislative group that in December voted to move forward with the lawsuit, projected to cost $14 million. The Commission has hired a New Orleans law firm to work on the case.

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A report prepared at the request of the Montezuma County commissioners appears to support their claim to the Dolores-Norwood Road under the historic statute known as RS 2477.

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The Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, a nonprofit supporting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center, has suspended operations.

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United States Forest Service

San Juan National Forest officials answered questions at an open house on the Rico-West Dolores Roads and Trails plan Thursday night in Dolores.


Friends of Cedar Mesa Website (Google Earth imagery)

A square mile of state-owned land six miles west of Bluff, Utah, on scenic Comb Ridge will apparently be put up for auction in October.

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The Navajo Nation is reiterating its official support for the proposed Bears Ears National Monument despite opposition from some Navajo tribal members in San Juan County, Utah.

At a community event May 18th, Navajo council delegates issued a statement supporting an inter-tribal effort to persuade President Obama to take executive action to create the monument. Delegates said Bears Ears represents an importance piece of Diné history as the birthplace of their leader, Chief Manuelito, and that it faces constant threats, including desecration of cultural sites. 

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