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


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


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


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


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


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


A Model Partnership for the Escalante River

Not long ago, we introduced CLF blog readers to a group of people calling themselves the Escalante River Watershed Partnership who have worked effectively since 2009 to improve conditions in and around southern Utah’s Escalante River. They have been so effective, in fact, that last spring Interior Secretary Ken Salazar … read more


Escalante River Watershed Partnership (Pronounced “ERWP?”)

Next week, a working group called the Escalante River Watershed Partnership is holding a meeting in Cedar City, UT to continue its collective efforts to protect and maintain a healthy Escalante River and watershed for future generations. Recognizing that there are changes and challenges unfolding in the region, people from … read more


Four Rivers (and what they mean for the mighty Colorado River)

This past week in southwest Colorado, the Mesa County Conservation Forum hosted a symposium made up of six experienced panelists to weigh in on and field questions about the “Value of the Colorado River to Western Colorado Economies.”  The lay-of-the-land is mind-blowing: Thirty million people in seven western states rely … read more