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Utah Receives Over $5.5 Million in Community Wildfire Defense Grant Funding 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 15, 2024) – On Tuesday, the US Department of Agriculture announced its second round of funding of project proposals as a part of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) program. Three entities within Utah received over $5.5 million to be spent on protecting homes, businesses and infrastructure from catastrophic wildfires.  Recipients in Utah that are a part of this

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Utah Water Conditions Update

SALT LAKE CITY (May 16, 2024) – As of mid-May, over half of this winter’s snow has melted. Utah’s water conditions continue to benefit from favorable weather patterns, ensuring optimal spring runoff. Short periods of warm temperatures followed by cooler weather and precipitation have helped slow snowmelt. Read more about the conditions below.

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New BLM Public Lands Rule will significantly harm Utah 

Local public lands experts and advocates call on the BLM to withdraw Rule SALT LAKE CITY (May 14, 2024) – The Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office officially announces its opposition to the recently filed Public Lands Rule by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM officially filed its rule Thursday, May 9, and it will take effect June

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Predict its rise, win a prize

SALT LAKE CITY (April 22, 2024) – Predict its rise and win a prize! Thanks to another stellar snowpack year, concerted conservation and strategic management efforts (including releasing water from Utah Lake and other reservoirs) Great Salt Lake is on the rise. How high do you think the south arm of the lake will rise before it starts to drop

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State of Utah Strongly Opposes the Bureau of Land Management’s Public Lands Use

SALT LAKE CITY (April 18, 2024) – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) released its final “Public Lands Rule.” Certain provisions in the Rule will negatively impact the 22.8 million acres of BLM land in Utah. Although the BLM claims that this Rule will enhance conservation, it will ironically impair the ability of BLM employees and their partners at

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Utah Water Conditions Update

SALT LAKE CITY (April 18, 2024) — As April unfolds, Utah’s water situation reflects a delicate balance between melting snowpack, reservoir management and rising temperatures. Recent data suggests that we most likely witnessed the peak of our snowpack, reaching 18.8 inches on April 2, surpassing the median peak snowpack of 16 inches. Read more about Utah’s water conditions below.

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Record $4.8 million raised for habitat restoration, other wildlife projects through 2023 conservation permits

SALT LAKE CITY (April 17, 2024) — Dozens of projects benefiting wildlife — including wildlife research, conservation and habitat restoration projects — have been funded after a record $4.8 million was committed to the projects by participating conservation groups during the annual conservation permit project funding meeting held on April 10. Read more about it here.

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Phragmites burn on the Great Salt Lake

OGDEN (April 4, 2024) — Fire personnel from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands attempted to burn 2,000 acres of invasive phragmites that had been previously treated with herbicide just outside of the Ogden Bay Wildlife Management Area on the Great Salt Lake. Due to unfavorable weather conditions that hindered fire activity, crews could not completely meet

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New funding announced in Toquerville

TOQUERVILLE (March 27, 2024) — Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced funding for a new reservoir while in Toquerville, Utah on Wednesday, March 27. DNR joined Touton, Toquerville City, Washington County Water Conservancy District and Congresswoman Celeste Maloy at the celebration of nearly $12 million in funding for the project. Touton participated in a tour of the construction

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Office of Energy Development director announces retirement

SALT LAKE CITY (March 11, 2024) — Greg Todd, the Utah Office of Energy Development director, has announced his retirement. Todd will remain in his role while the Utah Department of Natural Resources conducts a nationwide search for his replacement. DNR hopes to have a new OED director in place by May.

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