Topic: Nature

Bee Fest 2018 Call for Exhibitors, Volunteers, Sponsors

If you have any ideas, or a desire to lend a helping hand, please fill in this form HERE. As we approach CATALYST’s first time presenting Bee Festival 2018, on June 16 at the Wasat …

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Bee Festival 2018

Bring on another festival! In January, CATALYST put on the Clean Air Solutions Fair, with assistance from a crackerjack team of excellent volunteers. While it was lots of work that …

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Meditation in Space

The art of learning to love the land. After ascending the rock-strewn switchbacks of the Moki Dugway to the sky-washed heights of Cedar Mesa, Utah, we assembled our basecamp not fa …

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Environews: Monument Downsizing Travesty

On December 4, 2017 President Trump flew to Salt Lake City to announce that he would slash the size of two Utah National Monuments. Bears Ears National Monument was cut by 85%, wit …

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Can We Save Pando?

Pando, the Earth’s largest known living organism by mass, is dying for lack of large predators in the ecosystem. Pando, an exceptionally beautiful male quaking aspen clone, is loca …

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The Urban Almanac: December 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. DEC 1 Sunrise. 7:32am. Sunset 5pm. In Salt Lake City, December is the cloudiest month of the year, with only …

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Bears Ears Dance a Triumph

Congratulations to Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT). In October, RDT presented a new work to celebrate Utah’s newest national monument (if we can keep it). “Dancing the Bears Ears,” a …

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Urban Almanac: November 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. by Diane Olson, Anna Zumwalt and Greta deJong. NOV 1 All Saints’ Day. Sun rises at 7:59am and sets at 6:22pm …

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Fires impact Utah’s air quality, damage forest

In summer 2017, The Utah Division of Air Quality reported an astonishing 32 “red air” days, mostly due to smoke from regional forest fires. We can expect more bad air days next sum …

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Wasatch Canyons planning

Salt Lake County is updating the Wasatch Canyons General Plan, last updated in 1989. The Plan is an official statement of county policy on the future use of the Wasatch Mountains a …

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Zinke attacks sage grouse

Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t just bad for national monuments, he’s bad for wildlife habitat, too. In 2015, the Obama administration hammered out plans to keep sage g …

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The Urban Almanac: October 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. October 1 Sunrise: 7:24am. Sunset: 7:09pm. Historic average: 72° high; 46° low. October 2   International Da …

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Stewart introduces sham habitat protection bill

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT-2) has introduced a sham bill that he says will protect habitat for mule deer and sage grouse, but it’s really just another trick to try to eli …

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Mike Noel blames“rock lickers” for fires

In June and July the Brianhead fire in the Dixie National Forest burned more than 71,000 acres and racked up over $34 million in firefighting costs. The Federal Emergency Managemen …

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Audubon to focus on saline lakes, Colorado River

The National Audubon Society has based a new Saline Lakes program out of Salt Lake City in order to prioritize protection of Great Salt Lake—the single most important inland shoreb …

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