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04.15.14

Oil Spill In Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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

03.26.14

H.R. 1459 – The “Preventing New Parks” Bill, Up For House Vote Today

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

03.3.14

Historic Photos: A Great Way to Bring Communities Together

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

12.11.13

Removing Russian Olive from the Escalante: Progress in 2013

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

10.16.13

Weathering the Shutdown: Spotlight on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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

10.10.13

Closed Part 2- The Friends Grassroots Network Experiences the Impact of the Shutdown

Since the shutdown, the Friends Grassroots Network has directly experienced the effects through the termination of all volunteer activities and events.  The government shutdown has also led to: the closure of visitor centers including Friends offices; cancelation of all recreational and education events; and serious economic impacts on gateway communities … read more

09.11.13

In Celebration of Southern Utah’s Most Useful Mammal

“Leave it to Beavers!” is a family friendly festival in celebration of southern Utah’s most useful mammal – and it’s coming your way September 21, 2013 to the Anasazi State Park in Boulder, UT. Organized by members of the Escalante River Watershed Partnership, the annual festival celebrates all things Castor … read more

08.20.13

A Record-setting 80 Conservation Youth Corps Members Attend a River Restoration Training in Escalante, UT

This week, southern Utah’s Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP) kicked off a major event: a week-long training and crew season for 80 conservation youth corps members. This is the largest youth corps training program in the nation to focus on teaching corps members how to do riparian—or river corridor—restoration. And … read more

07.17.13

A “friendly” new dinosaur found in Utah!

Congratulations to Dr. Alan Titus, a great advocate of the National Conservation Lands and staunch supporter of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners! He has a new species of dinosaur named after him: Nasutoceratops titusi. The dinosaur was discovered in the Kaiparowits formation in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern … read more

05.7.13

The Escalante River Needs a Few Good Volunteers

The Escalante River Watershed Partnership is offering a tremendous opportunity for volunteers who want to backpack to a remote and wild part of Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, spend a day getting to know the river and its side canyons, then take up loppers and saws to help cut … read more