This beautiful photograph, captured by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee Bob Wick, is a perfect introduction to southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument–the first and largest monument officially added to the National Conservation Lands. And it’s time to wish it happy birthday! September 18th marks the anniversary of President … read more
On March 22, hikers in southern Utah came upon a distressing sight: a four-mile slick of oil staining the Little Valley Wash, which eventually drains into the Escalante River, inside the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The spill had not been reported. The hikers sent photos of the leak to staff … read more
Today, a vote for the “Preventing New Parks” bill, (H.R. 1459) stands as a direct assault on our National Parks, National Monuments and public lands conservation heritage. H.R. 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act or “EPIC,” spells just that—an epic fail for protecting our … read more
There’s nothing quite like a series of old black and white photographs—of buildings long-gone, unnamed ancestors sitting on a wagon, familiar mountain ranges with cattle grazing in the foreground—to get people talking. And that’s what happened February 12 in the dining room of the Cowboy Blues restaurant in Escalante, when … read more
The restoration field season on the Escalante River in southern Utah has come to a close for 2013. In spite of some unusually heavy rains and the federal government shutdown that disrupted the work of dedicated federal partners, work crews remained productive and committed to restoring this incredible wild river … read more
With an end to the government shutdown nearing, Ron Rogers, Communications Coordinator for the Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP), compiled and wrote the following blog. It paints a broad and thought-provoking picture about how the government shutdown affected people who work, volunteer and visit communities and public lands in southern … read more
The Conservation Lands Foundation wants to help inspire people to become advocates for the National Conservation Lands. And for many people, that first step is often doing something—something physical where you’re outside, on the land and often happily getting dirty. The many organizations that are part of the Escalante River … read more
CLF staff has been working with Gary Strieker from the non-profit Environment News Trust to create a series of short stories on the areas within the National Conservation Lands. Below is a video highlighting the extraordinary paleontological resources at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, in Utah.