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Interagency Team to Keep Utah’s Five Wildfire Dispatch Center System

Salt Lake City – On Feb. 15, the interagency executive leadership team  met to discuss the current state of the interagency wildland fire dispatch consolidation efforts.

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Third Party Review of Utah’s Water Data Gathering & Analysis Released

Salt Lake City (Jan. 31, 2018) — A third party review of Utah’s water data gathering and analysis methods, as part of the 2016 Legislative session’s S.B. 251, was released today. The third party review was conducted by Bowen Collins and Associates and Hansen, Allen and Luce Inc.

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New Department Law Enforcement Director Named

Salt Lake City (Dec. 13, 2017) – Capt. Doug McCleve, of the Utah Department of Public Safety has been named the new law enforcement director for the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He will assume his new position Jan. 2, following the retirement of current Law Enforcement Director, Sidney Groll.

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DNR Names New Deputy Director

Salt Lake City (Dec. 12, 2017) – Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has named Weber County Commissioner, Kerry Gibson, as DNR’s new deputy director. Gibson will assume his position, Jan. 13, 2018, following the retirement of current Deputy Director, Robyn Pearson.

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Very Little Energy Potential within Bears Ears National Monument

Salt Lake City (Dec. 4, 2017) – According to studies completed by the Utah Geological Survey, the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) as originally designated does not hold significant energy development potential. The vast majority of energy potential resides outside the monument boundary.

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Report Reviews Saline Waste Water from Oil and Gas Fields

Salt Lake City (Nov. 29, 2017) — Oil and gas fields in the Uinta Basin of eastern Utah typically produce about 30 million barrels of oil and 325 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually. The hydrocarbon production also generates over 100 million barrels of saline non-potable water which requires disposal.

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DNR to Appoint New Species Recovery Program Director

Salt Lake City (Nov. 27, 2017) – Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has named Christopher Keleher as the department’s new species recovery program director. Keleher will assume his new position Jan. 1

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Utah Geological Survey Launches 2018 Calendar of Utah Geology

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) recently released the 12th edition of its popular Calendar of Utah Geology. The 2018 calendar features inspiring photographs by UGS staff of Utah’s geologic wonders with a brief explanation of how and when they formed.

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Hunter Access Agreement Keeps 3.4 Million Acres of Trust Land Open

The Hunter Access Agreement  between DNR, DWR and the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) keeps 3.4 million acres of trust lands open to hunters and anglers and those interested in viewing wildlife and runs through 2032.

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Over 160 Years of Utah Earthquakes and State Faults Mapped

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS), University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS), and Utah Division of Emergency Management (UDEM) recently published the Utah Earthquakes (1850–2016) and Quaternary Fault Map (UGS Map 277).

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