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Interim director named for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

With the pending retirement of Mike Fowlks, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Brian Steed has named Rory Reynolds, current DNR deputy director, to serve as DWR interim director.

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Industrial Arch in Salt Lake City
Utah Geological Survey Launches 2021 Calendar of Utah Geology

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) recently released the 15th edition of its popular Calendar of Utah Geology. The photographs often focus on remote locations found by UGS scientists working in the field, and this year’s calendar has plenty of remote and isolated scenery.

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Refined copper
Utah One of the Top 10 States for Mining, Production Value up in 2019

The recently released Utah Mining 2019 report issued by the Utah Geological Survey(UGS) shows Utah’s mining production increased by 2.4%, or over $90 million, last year. The state’s total extractive resource value in 2019, including oil and gas, was estimated at $6.5 billion, with mining representing 60%, or $3.9 billion, of the total value.

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Federal Government Removes Gray Wolves from ESA

The State of Utah applauds the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). States are often best positioned to appropriately manage wildlife populations. With the number of wolves growing across the West, we believe it is time to allow the states to take the helm.

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Waterfalls at Gunlock State Park
Waterfalls stop flowing at Gunlock State Park

The waterfalls at Gunlock State Park have ceased to flow due to an operational modification of Gunlock Reservoir requested by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. High levels of visitation have made it difficult for individuals and families to social distance themselves from others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wasatch Front Fault Zone
New study reduces risk in areas adjacent to Wasatch Front faults

A recently released four-year study by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) provides new detailed mapping of faults along the Wasatch Front that are capable of surface rupture.

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Mountain biking at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Online Clearinghouse Keeps Recreators Informed Amidst COVID-19

In the wake of COVID-19, state and federal land managing agencies are coordinating together to help Utahns better navigate outdoor recreational opportunities, restrictions and changing conditions at both state and national parks, as well as other recreation areas statewide.

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Figure 3. Map of earthquake locations from the 2020 M5.7 earthquake
Update: One Week After the Magna, Utah Earthquake

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) continues to provide emergency response to last Wednesday’s M5.7 earthquake in Magna and is now transitioning into analysis of the collected data. Field reconnaissance of various geologic effects from the earthquake is now finished, unless additional effects are located.

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Northern Utah Earthquake Update from Utah Geological Survey

Salt Lake City (March 18, 2020) – The epicenter of this morning’s northern Utah 5.7 magnitude (M) earthquake was north of Magna. As of 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, there had been 90 aftershocks. Additional aftershocks are expected at least over the next few days.

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