PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

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Public News Service - UT: Public Lands/Wilderness

Conservationists are protesting the Bureau of Land Management's determination that oil and gas development in an area adjacent to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument would have

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has paved the way for oil and gas drilling on more than 51,000 acres of public lands in southeastern Utah this week, by selling leases for areas close to Canyons of the Ancients, Bears Ears and Hovenweep National Monuments - best known for Na

A site containing fossils dating back 220 million years could be at risk if efforts to shrink Bears Ears National Monument are successful. (The Wilderness Society)

ST. GEORGE, Utah - A team of researchers has uncovered what could be one of the world's richest caches of fossils dating back to the dawn of the age of dinosaurs. The site in southeastern Utah is within the original boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, but would lose protections if the Trump

Groups are concerned that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's moves to prioritize energy development on public lands upsets his agency's traditional multiple-use approach. (George Frey/GettyImages)

SALT LAKE CITY – Hunters, anglers and conservation groups are running full-page ads in the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News to send a message to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is scheduled to speak Friday in Salt Lake City. Tracy Stone-Manning, associate vice president for public

Students across Utah are learning more about the connection between clean water and healthy trout populations. (USFWS)

SALT LAKE CITY – On Monday, Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources, along with volunteers from Trout Unlimited, delivered rainbow trout eggs to 33 Utah schools taking part in the Trout in the Classroom program. The eggs are placed in specially designed tanks where students can watch them transf

Five native tribes  the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Zuni and Ute  are prepared to file suit to block the Trump administration's move to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. (BLM)

SALT LAKE CITY -- President Donald Trump will be in Utah today to announce changes in the size of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Documents obtained by the Washington Post suggest Bears Ears could be reduced by 85 percent, and Grand Staircase could be cut by nearl

Dinosaur fossils more than 75 million years old have been discovered at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, designated in 1996. (Azuki350/Wikimedia)

ESCALANTE, Utah – Nearly 600 business leaders have sent a letter to Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, urging the Trump administration to help protect their bottom lines by keeping existing boundaries and protections in place for national monuments - including Utah's Bears E

The Trump administration is considering changes to an Obama-era conservation plan for the sage grouse, a bird famous for its mating dance. (BLM)

VERNAL, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management is coming to Utah this week to hear what the public thinks about potential changes to sage-grouse habitat protection plans. The Trump administration's efforts could pave the way for more oil and gas development. Ken Rait, project director with The

Taxpayers could lose over $800 million in royalties if companies don't take steps to prevent the loss of natural gas on public lands. (Pixabay)

MOAB, Utah – Public-lands advocates are keeping a close eye on U.S. Interior Secretary and former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke on this Veterans Day. The DOI closed public comments this week on a proposal to suspend an Obama-era rule to limit natural gas waste on federal lands. Ashley Korenblat, CEO

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