Timpanogos Cave National Monument Summer Program Series

The National Park Service and the Uinta National Forest invite you to join us for our summer evening ranger programs. These free programs, presented by National Park Service Rangers, involve a wide variety of topics relating to our local natural resources, wildlife and history.

The one-hour programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held at the Timpanogos Cave National Monument Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Please be aware that a $3.00 vehicle entrance fee is required to access American Fork Canyon. For further information call (801) 756-5238.

Upcoming Programs

Location: Timpanogos Cave National Monument Visitor Center Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 23
"Legends of the Giants" Imagine Mt. Timpanogos, shrouded in mist, silently waiting to reveal its hidden mysteries. Join Ranger Ken Kyburz as he leads you into the past through slides, legends and local folklore.

Saturday, June 24
"Caving Without Going SPE-LUNK" Discover underground worlds as you learn basic caving techniques. Ranger Genevieve Goddard-Pricket will discuss equipment as well as different types of caves that can be found throughout the United States.

Monday, June 26
"Living Legends: History and Mining in American Fork Canyon" American Fork Canyon has enjoyed a colorful history due to the diversity of the people who have lived, worked, and played here. Join Ranger Jay Allen for an evening of stories about the men and women who helped shape this area.

Friday, June 30
"National Parks: America's Second Great Idea" The National Park Service preserves some of the country's most
impressive treasures. Ranger Royce Shelley shares the history of the National Park Service and what it means to America and the world.

Saturday, July 1
"C'mon Everybody - Let's Go Fishing!" Location: Highland Glen Park (formerly Adventure Learning Park located
behind Lone Peak High School) Anglers, young and old, will get hooked on Fishing while learning basic fishing techniques every person who wets a hook needs to know. Bring your own poles or use one of ours to practice what you've learned with Ranger Brad Woolstenhulm. We'll have plenty of fish stories to tell when we're done.

Monday, July 3
"Singing in the Canyon" (Swinging Bridge Picnic Area) Come fill the canyon with the music of your favorite campfire songs.
Rangers Kristen Bromley and Roberta Jacobsmeyer will lead you in a fun evening of sing-alongs and s'mores. Bring your lawn chairs.

Friday, July 7

"A Walk in the Woods!" Ranger Jody Kyburz will guide you along the Canyon Nature Trail, a paved, wheelchair accessible hike for the whole family (1/2 mile round trip). One focus of the evening will be safety for children: "What do I do if…?" Other topics include the history of Swinging Bridge Canyon and information on the local flora and fauna. Meet on the patio at the Visitor Center for an enjoyable and informative summer evening - A WALK IN THE WOODS!

Saturday, July 8
"Wildfire - A Real Hot Topic" Are you ready for the good, the bad and the ugly of wildfires? Spend your evening learning how fires affect forest ecology from Ranger Jeremy Jeppson, a wildlands fire fighter.

Monday, July 10
"Model T's and No Trails" Come view the caves as they have not been for years, through historical photographs. Ranger BJ Cluff will relate stories and events while showing slides and photographs of the caves from the past, many from
before the caves were opened to the public.

Friday, July 14
"Little Critters of the Wasatch" Don't let size fool you! They might be small but the little critters of the Wasatch have some big personalities. Join Ranger Karina Puikkonen to find out what animals live in the Wasatch Mountains.

Saturday, July 15
"Wildfire - A Real Hot Topic" Are you ready for the good, the bad and the ugly of wildfires? Spend your evening learning how fires affect forest ecology from Ranger Jeremy Jeppson, a wildland fire fighter.

Monday, July 17
"Caving Without Going SPE-LUNK!" Discover underground worlds as you learn basic caving techniques. Ranger Genevieve Goddard-Pricket will discuss equipment as well as different types of caves that can be found throughout the United States.


CEDAR CITY, Utah - The Dixie National Forest's Motorized Travel Planning Work Group will meet on Tuesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at Southern Utah University's Hunter Conference Center in Cedar City. The public is invited to attend and observe the Work Group's discussions.

Dixie National Forest officials will update Work Group members on the process used to develop the proposed action for the Dixie's motorized travel plan. The group will also identify methods for collaborating with the public during the next phase of the planning process.

The Work Group is composed of state and local government officials and concerned local citizens. The group met four times between September 2004 and March 2005 to review, discuss and make suggestions for the Dixie's proposed process for analyzing the uses and issues related to each motorized travel route.

An interdisciplinary team of Forest Service employees then used that process to conduct a route-by-route analysis across the Dixie National Forest, and develop possible management options. Specialists from the Dixie's ranger districts are now reviewing the possible management options and providing further feedback. The interdisciplinary team will incorporate that feedback into the proposed action, which the forest expects to issue for public review and comment in


The Dixie National Forest is carrying out this motorized travel planning process in response to a U.S. Forest Service rule calling for each national forest to designate a system of motorized routes and areas, and generally prohibit cross-country travel. For more information about the Dixie National Forest's motorized travel planning process, visit the forest's web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/dixie and click on "Motorized Travel Planning."

Angler Special at Select Utah State Parks

It will soon cost less to fish at four of Utah's most popular state park fishing waters.

Beginning Wednesday, July 5, anglers with a valid 365-day Utah fishing or combination license can fish Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, for $5 a day, at Jordanelle, Deer Creek, Rockport and East Canyon state parks. Utah residents 62 years of age or older can fish for $3. This discount offer will continue through the year, but it's not valid on holidays.

To take advantage of the reduced rate, anglers must show their valid 365-day fishing license as they enter the park. The day-use fee covers the license holder and up to seven passengers traveling in the same private vehicle. While only one of the eight people needs to have a valid fishing license to get the entire carload in for $5, anyone planning to fish must have a license.

Jordanelle, Deer Creek, Rockport and East Canyon state parks are four of Utah's most popular fishing waters.

"We've doubled the number of rainbow trout that we normally stock in Jordanelle and Deer Creek," says Roger Wilson, sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Rainbow trout fishing can also be good at Rockport, and anglers who fish about 30 to 40 feet deep at East Canyon can expect to catch trout too." Wilson also reports good smallmouth bass fishing at Jordanelle right now.

Annual park passes are available for $70 and allow day-use entrance for the permit holder and up to seven guests in the same vehicle. The pass is valid one year from the month purchased and is available at all state parks and the Utah State Park administrative office in Salt Lake City.

For more information, please call Utah State Parks at (801) 538-7220, the Division of Wildlife Resources at (801) 538-4700, or visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov or http://www.wildlife.utah.gov on the Web.

Utah Solar Energy Association invites new Members
Hello Utah Solar Energy Association (UtSEA) members and potential members. The Articles of Incorporation have been filed with the state and copies of our By-Laws and Articles have been mailed off to American Solar Energy
Society (ASES) National. A July ratification of the Utah Solar Energy Association (UtSEA) is looking very promising! Thanks go out to Brian Smith, Greg Probst, Orrin Farnsworth, Chad Pomeroy and both Sara Baldwin and Sarah Wright from Utah Clean Energy. These folks put in the time to help get the job done!

UtSEA is in the process of becoming the 45th chapter of ASES, a national nonprofit organization established to encourage the use of solar and other renewable technologies and to be a source of sound broad technical knowledge
and to provide a forum to address critical national, regional and state issues relating to clean energy solutions. ASES also publishes Solar Today magazine and sponsors the annual National Solar Energy Conference and the annual National Solar Tour. Http://www.ases.org If you are not already a member, please consider joining now and start receiving Solar Today magazine.

This is a very exciting time as we join forces and voices to leverage our shared interest in solar energy to increase public and private awareness and grow the industry here in Utah. As the interim chairperson I encourage you to participate and help create what will become a meaningful and contributing organization. Our next all member meeting will be held July
17th just days after some of us return from the week-long Solar2006 Conference in Denver. I anticipate our chapter will be formally accepted into the ASES National organization at the annual board meeting held during the conference. We will certainly return with lots of great information and ideas based on what we learn from members of other chapters and from listening to renowned speakers from all over the country. I encourage you to attend if at all possible. (July 8th through the 13th - Denver, CO) If you are planning on attending please let me know and we can link up. To
register http://www.solar2006.org

Attached please find the minutes from the organizational meeting which was held on June 13th. Included are the names of the people voted in as interim Board of Directors. A meeting will take place in November at which time members will nominate and vote in the official Board of Directors who will serve a 2 year term starting January 2007.

>>>>>>>>>>>> PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR <<<<<<<<<<<<<
Next Meeting: Monday, July 17th
Time: 10:00 am - Noon
Place: Department of Natural Resources (DNR) building
1594 W. North Temple, Room 1040, Salt Lake City

Here is a preliminary agenda for the July 17th meeting:

1. Discussion regarding Licensing by the Utah Electrician's Board
2. Solar Homes Tour - Solar Home Tour Planning Meeting Scheduled at 9:00
am, July 17, prior to UtSEA all member meeting.
- All are encouraged to help with this important event
3. Web site design, content, hosting, etc.
4. We need someone with NFP accounting and QuickBooks knowledge to
participate on the Board as interim Treasurer
5. What do we want to accomplish? Big picture plans.
6. Discuss priorities
1) Advances in solar technology
2) Market development and transformation
3) Interconnection rules, codes, and permitting
4) Legislative action, policy and advocacy
5) Academic programs and training at the secondary and continuing education levels
6) National and State Solar Tours
7) State, Federal and Utility based incentives
7. Discuss topics of interest from the ASES Solar2006 Conference

Consider what topics are important to you and send me an e-mail. We want this meeting to be fruitful and cover topics pertinent to the interests of those who attend. I look forward to seeing you all there. Please spread the word about our new ASES chapter and encourage others to become members.

If you cannot attend the meeting on July 17th please let us know if you will be interested in conferencing in by phone.

You are on this group distribution list because of your expressed interest in solar and other forms of clean energy. If you are not interested in receiving these e-mails, please reply to this e-mail and request to be removed. If you are interested in receiving additional information on the Utah Solar Working Group (and other clean energy working groups in the
state), please visit the following link to sign up for the appropriate list serve: http://geology.utah.gov/sep/php/mailform.php


Greg Libecci


Utah Symphony Featured in Patriotic Favorites Pops format

(Eden, UT) Wolf Mountain has announced their first summer concert series, to be entitled: "Family Friday Concerts in the Mountains." General Manger Bill Cox commented "In keeping with our family friendly focus, our music series will encompass events the whole family can enjoy together in an affordable evening of fun."

The highlight of the 2006 series will be the Utah Symphony concert scheduled for July 14th. "When Wolf Mountain approached us about a performance, we were excited at the prospect of hearing the Utah Symphony in beautiful Upper Ogden Valley. Many of our patrons and supporters live there, and a summer evening with great music in the mountains is an experience everyone should be able to enjoy." commented Sharon Macfarlane, Executive Director of the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association. "When we brought up a few of the key musicians to view the site, they agreed it is a perfect spot! The 70 piece orchestra will play familiar music the entire family can enjoy in the ideal outdoor setting," she noted. This program will be one of the first to benefit from funding from the recently established R.A.M.P. funding for Recreation, Arts, Museums & Parks.

Conductor Scott O'Neil will be leading the orchestra through a series of American Favorites.

The sponsors and underwriters for the series are Eagles Landing at Wolf Creek Resort and Bank of Utah. Eagles Landing is a new residential community just south of Wolf Creek that will include 9 holes of golf that will be incorporated into the existing course. Howard Schmidt, Developer, commented "We are a very civic minded company and I personally am passionate about music and especially the symphony. We believe in giving back to the communities where we do business and this seemed a perfect marriage." Howard is well invested into the area as he also owns the Canyon View apartment complex at the mouth of Ogden Canyon.

"Our overall vision of being a family friendly resort is further enhanced by this series" commented Steve Roberts, Managing Member of Wolf Creek Resort, which owns Wolf Mountain. "Our programs will be such that everyone feels comfortable, from a 4 year old child to grandma and grandpa, all sharing the same blanket."

The dates and scheduled entertainment are:

June 30 Brian Booth with Jazzed 5 - Jazz

July 14 Utah Symphony Pops

July 28 Ridin the Fault Line - Bluegrass

August 25 The Joe Muscolino Band - Big Band & Swing

The Utah Symphony event will be $40 per vehicle. The other three events will be just $20 per carload. All concerts will be from 7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. except the Symphony which will start at 7:30 p.m. Vehicles can pay at the gate with cash or credit cards, or they can be purchased in advance by either calling the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association at (801) 399-9214 or Sue Munson at (801) 745-3435 ext. 209.Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for those wanting to reserve their spot. While a full BBQ will be available, patrons are welcome to bring a picnic and blanket. Those wishing to bring lawn chairs will be seated in a separate area so as to not block views.

For more information please go to http://www.wolfmountianeden.com or call (801) 745-3435 ext 209.

Stargazing at its best from Bryce Canyon

(Salt Lake City, Utah) - (06/18/06) Those heading down to the southern part of the state for a little recreation this weekend might want to include stargazing on their to-do list. Utah is one among several Western states to still have skies dark enough from which our nearest neighboring galaxy, star clusters and nebulae can be seen with just the eyes alone. With the help from an experienced observer, you may also be able to spot the North American Nebula!

The Sixth Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival, running June 21-24 this year, is a partnership between the National Park Service and volunteers from the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. The free festival is provided for the general public of all ages, and no formal experience with science or astronomy is required.

For children and families, there's workshops such as, "Astronomy for Kids," "What's Your Galactic Address?" and "Thank Your Lucky Stars." The lodge will display children's artwork from the southern part of the state who applied their interpretations of the night sky onto canvas. For older children and adults, there's "Buying Your First Telescope," and "Learn the Sky." All daytime programs are on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early.

Evening programs at Bryce's festival will be held in locations such as the lodge, amphitheater or the auditorium. Included among the long list are, "Stars in the Park," "Star Stories," and "Fading Starlight." Due to limited seating, free tickets are required for all of the evening programs, except for the stargazing event.

Capping the day after all of the daytime and evening workshops have finished, will be the "Star Party," where dozens of telescopes of all types and sizes will show the wonders of the nighttime sky by amateur astronomers from the Society. The star parties will be held at the Stargazing Site, just a few minute's walk away from the Visitor's Center. Weather permitting, the star parties will run from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight. A warm jacket, hat and gloves would be in order as evenings can cool down into the 30s due the canyon's 7900' elevation.

More information on the Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival can be found on The Salt Lake Astronomical Society web page at: http://slas.us , and clicking on the Events Calendar.


Car Shows, Exhibitions, Driving Demonstrations and Competitions

Join Laughlin's International Rally and the GPS Adventure Rally Tour

Laughlin, NV - June 12, 2006 - If you like all things with engines and wheels, enjoy poker and entertainment, or delight in boats and beaches, circle November's Veterans' Day Weekend and make the drive to Nevada's riverside beach city, Laughlin.

American Rally Sport Group, Inc.(ARSG), in association with the Laughlin Tourism Committee, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Las Vegas Events is expanding its successful two-event weekend into an exciting Motorsports Festival hosted by Laughlin's seven major casinos during Veteran's Day weekend. Car Shows and Displays are scheduled at the Riverside, Edgewater, Colorado Belle, and the Flamingo - soon-to-be-renamed as the Aquarius. ARSG's popular GPS Adventure Rally & Tour moves to its new host property, the Laughlin Harrah's Hotel and Casino. The event that started it all in 1998, the International Rally USA remains at the Ramada Express Casino, as The Laughlin International Rally.

"Expanding the International Rally into the Laughlin Motorsports Festival has been one of ARSG's goals for several years. We look forward to growing into a major motorsport event as we include more diverse activities in the future," says Roger Allison, ARSG president. "Over the next three years, ARSG looks to expand from a focus on highway vehicles, to encompass water-craft, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and even eco-sensitive "green" machines. We are also working to expand television coverage of the rally and Motorsports Festival in addition to our high-definition filming."

American Rally Sport Group, Inc. developed two very different motorsport events. Its three-day FIA-listed International Rally USA developed into a world- renowned competition rally, sanctioned through the United States Automobile Club (USAC) in association with National Auto Sports Association (NASA). Its Grand Canyon competition stage is a featured component on four authorized video games, including TopGear Rally 2 for the Nintendo, Rally Championship, Rally Championship Xtreme, and Richard Burns Rally Championship simulation for PC and other game systems.

The two-day GPS Adventure Rally tour began in 2000. Participants in this family-oriented event drive through a secret course following a route gook with listed GPS coordinates. They enjoy unique activities, look for secret treasures, and find various geo-cache sites, while exploring unusual and historic locations within the scenic back roads of southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.

Lakes Along the Popular Mirror Lake Highway

Kamas -- The very popular and scenic Mirror Lake Highway (SR-150) in northern Utah is open now, and so are the spectacular roadside lakes that make this area one of Utah's most-fished places in the summer.

All of these pristine little lakes have recently been stocked with fish. They'll continue to be stocked, most of them weekly, through the summer. Fish being stocked into the lakes range from the popular rainbow trout, brook trout and tiger trout to the very visible albino rainbow trout.

The jewel of the highway is the picturesque Mirror Lake where you can see a reflection of Bald Mountain from one angle on the water and Hayden Peak from a different angle. A trail for those with physical challenges runs around the entire lake and allows fishing access that isn't usually available at most lakes.

Don't forget to bring your binoculars to watch the mountain goats that live on Bald Mountain. You can easily view them from the lake. Ospreys also nest in the area. They're always doing a little fishing for themselves, and they're fun to watch.

Trial Lake also has physically challenged access that allows vehicles to pull to the water's edge.

Fishing is the main reason people come to these roadside lakes. Ted Hallows, supervisor of the Kamas State Fish Hatchery, provides some information that will help make your next fishing trip more enjoyable:


Both novice and seasoned anglers fish these regularly stocked lakes, and a lot of them do really well using power bait and worms during the middle of the day. If you fish early in the morning, or during the evening hours, you can also enjoy some exceptional fishing using flies and lures.

Some of the lures that work best are Panther Martins, Jake's Spin-a-Lures and small Rapalas. The flies that I like best are: Grayhackle Yellow, Mosquito, Adams, Renegade, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulff, Pheasant Tail Nymph and a Gold Bead Prince Nymph.

With a fly rod, use two flies for twice the fun, with the top fly being fished dry and used as a strike indicator and the bottom fly fished as a nymph. This combination works really well, but you can also catch a lot of fish, especially those that are out in the middle of the lake, using a spinning rod with a fly and a bubble.

Fishing Ethics

A couple of fishing ethics items:

- If you're fishing with power bait or other baits, and you're practicing "catch and release" methods for 20 to 40 fish a day, then it's time to start fishing with flies and lures. Even though they seem to swim away fine, many of the fish you catch with power bait will die soon after you release them.

These fish are planted so that anglers can enjoy catching fish and taking some home to eat, but please help the resource so that others can enjoy it for another day. Power bait is an excellent way to get novice anglers hooked on fishing, but there are many other ways to fish that are challenging and fun and better for fish that are released.

- If you put fish on a fish stringer, then they're part of your limit and cannot be released back into the lake, even if they look healthy. Utah law requires that you keep any fish you put on a stringer, since any fish you put on a stringer will usually die soon after you release it.

Please release immediately any fish you don't plan on taking home with you.

Other Items

Some other items to be aware of:

- A pass is required to park along the Mirror Lake Highway. You can purchase a day parking pass, or a season parking pass, at many locations near Kamas and along the highway.

- Mosquitoes can be a major nuisance, so don't forget your bug spray.

- The weather in the Uintas can change in an instant, so be prepared for all kinds of weather.

- Many deer, elk, moose and livestock live along the highway, so please slow down or you'll be "grilling" the wrong type of game with your car!

- Electric motors can now be used on Lost Lake, Mirror Lake, Trial Lake and Washington Lake, which provides an even greater fishing opportunity for those with small boats or float tubes.

The Mirror Lake Highway is one of those family destinations that provides enjoyable fishing, camping and sight seeing. Whether you spend a few hours or a few days, the Mirror Lake Highway has something for you and your family this summer, so come up and enjoy yourself!

For information about campgrounds along the highway, or for other U.S. Forest Service information, call the Kamas Ranger District at (435) 783-4338.


Salt Lake - If you are planning to go out of town for the Fourth of July Weekend, it's not too late to reserve a campsite at a Utah state park. The following parks have campsites available, and reservations may be made up to two days before your arrival: Antelope Island, South Eden at Bear Lake, East Canyon, Escalante, Fremont Indian, Goblin Valley, Green River, Kodachrome, Quail Creek, Red Fleet, Sand Hollow, Snow Canyon, Starvation, Steinaker, Utah Lake, Wasatch Mountain, and Painted Rock at Yuba.

To make a reservation or for more information, please call 322-3770 from within the Salt Lake calling area and (800) 322-3770 from outside the area or visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov


Salt Lake - Off-Highway Vehicle Education Specialist Ann Evans reminds parents that now is a good time to register your child for an OHV education course. The Know Before You Go! Training course is required by Utah law.

These classes allow drivers eight through 16 to legally operate OHVs on public lands. Drivers 16 years and older must have a valid driver's license or OHV education certificate. Remember, children under age eight cannot operate an OHV on public land. Also, Utah law requires riders under 18 to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. However, officials encourage all riders to wear helmets.

Upcoming classes are scheduled for Wasatch, Iron, Sevier, Cache, Morgan, Summit, Piute, and Sanpete counties.

Education classes help prevent injuries by teaching young riders and their parents about safe riding, weight distribution, handling, shifting, speed, and riding within your ability.

For registration materials or more information, call the OHV Information Center at 1-800-OHV-RIDE or 1-800-648-7433 from outside the Salt Lake area or 538-RIDE / 538-7433.

June 27 - July 17 Statewide Personal Watercraft Education Class
Utah State Parks Personal Watercraft Education classes available in Weber, Grand, Davis, Utah, and Iron counties. State law requires children age 12 to 18 to take an education class to legally operate personal watercraft. Students must register one week prior to class. For registration materials, please call (801) 538-2628 from within the Salt Lake calling area or 1-800-743-3792 from outside Salt Lake.

June 30 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Star Party: Join park staff for an evening under the stars. Participants can expect to enjoy beautiful views (weather permitting). Meet at the visitor center at 9 p.m. If you bring a flashlight, make it a red-colored lens, please. For more information please call (801) 773-2941.

June 30 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: Fire Safety with Smokey Bear - Be safe this summer while camping, and even in your own backyard. Come meet Smokey, and learn about the importance of fires and fire safety. Program begins at 7 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

July 1 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Junior Ranger Program: Join the park naturalist at 9 a.m. for a birding adventure among the varied landscape of Fielding Garr Ranch. With water all around, the ranch provides prime habitat for a variety of interesting birds. Participants should bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes and meet at the ranch. This activity is intended for children ages six to 12, however all ages are welcome. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941.

July 1 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
The Secret Life of Plants film: Join the park staff for an intriguing view into the life of plants. This BBC series takes a deep look into the nature of plants. Participants should meet at the visitor center at 2 p.m. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941.

July 1 Iron Mission State Park Museum - Cedar City
Gardening Workshop: Learn the process of pioneer and ancient Pueblo waffle gardening from start to finish from 9 a.m. to noon. This hands-on activity provides historical background, instruction, and practical application to help you create a successful vegetable garden. Class focuses on garden maintenance, pest control, and weed control. Registration is required and the cost is $3 per person. For more information, please call (435) 586-9290.

July 1 Jordanelle State Park - Heber City
Campfire Program: Drug Dog in Action. Meet Conservation Officer Jodi Becker and her police dog Bridger. She talks about her job and how Bridger helps her patrol for poachers. Please no personal pets during the presentation. Program begins at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater near the visitor center. For more information, please call (435) 782-3030.

July 1 Rock Cliff Nature Center/ Jordanelle State Park Francis
Junior Ranger Program: Living with Fire. Children age six to 10 are invited to the Junior Ranger program from 11 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center to learn about fire safety and the importance of fire. Children will earn a badge and certificate. For more information, please call (435) 782 3030.

July 1 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Junior Ranger Program: Rocks and Minerals of the Mountains - If you are between the age of six and 12 you can become a Junior Ranger by joining the naturalist in this one- hour program designed to get kids excited about nature! Program begins at 1 p.m. at the Huber Grove. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

July 1 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: The Many Faces of Bats! How many species of bats are there? Are they helpful or harmful to humans? Learn the answers to these and many other "bat myths" during this program beginning at 9 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

July 1 - August 12 Iron Mission State Park Museum - Cedar City
Watercolor exhibit by Tina Davis. For more information, please call (435) 586-9290.

July 1-3 Antelope Island State Park - Syracuse
Independence Day Weekend Events: Bring your picnic basket, blanket, and join us at historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Learn to make pioneer handkerchief dolls, pick up a needle and quilt. Learn pioneer games such as farm ball and race your family in a sack race. Join us Saturday, July 1 for Antelope Island's Earliest Settlers Junior Ranger program at 2 p.m. Though this informative Junior Ranger program is geared for ages 6-12, people of all ages are welcome. For more information, please call (801) 649-5742.

July 2 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Nature Walk: Join the park naturalist on a nature walk along Lakeside Trail. This will be an easy three-mile walk with many stops. Participants should bring plenty of water, binoculars, sturdy shoes, and meet at White Rock Bay, Lakeside Trailhead at 9 a.m. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941.

July 2 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Evening Program: Join a crazy cast of characters and learn more about Great Salt Lake's ecosystem filled with many different food chains in an evening puppet show. Participants should meet at the visitor center at 5 p.m. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941.

July 4 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Moonlight Hike: Join park staff on a moonlight hike to the top of Beacon Knob. This is a moderately difficult seven-mile hike. Once up top, enjoy the various valley fireworks displays from a distance. Participants should bring water, sturdy shoes, snacks, a flashlight and meet at White Rock Bay Backcountry Trailhead at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941.

July 4 Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum - Fillmore
Fourth in the Park: Join park staff for breakfast and flag ceremony at the American Legion Hall, followed by a parade at 10 a.m. Games and food are available from 3 to 4 p.m. Pioneer activities will be at the museum. For more information, please call (435) 743-5316.

July 7 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Davis County Moonlight Bike Ride: Join Davis County and Antelope Island State Park staff for a moonlight ride beneath the stars. This year's theme is Pirates of Great Salt Lake, so come dressed in pirate attire. All participants are required to have headlights and taillights mounted on their bicycles, and are required to wear a helmet. This is a non-competitive ride starting from the marina. For more information, please contact (801) 773-2941.

July 7 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: In The Beginning, Understanding Ute Origin Stories - Learn Ute stories of life and connection during this presentation by Larry Cesspooch. Animal puppets are used to illustrate what part animals play in our lives. This speaker is provided by the Utah Humanities Council through their Road Scholar program. Program begins at 7 p.m., at the visitor center. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

July 8 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Volunteer Day: Join park staff at 8 a.m., in an effort to improve and enhance the park through weed removal, fence repairs, building corrals, rock removal, and trash pickup. Participants are encouraged to bring water, hat, sun-screen, bug spray, gloves, and are welcome to bring these additional items if available; rake, shovels, hammers, saws. For more information and to register for this event, please call (801) 209-4678.

July 8 Rock Cliff Nature Center/ Jordanelle State Park Francis
Junior Ranger Program: Hot Time in the Sun. Children age six to 10 are invited to the program from 11 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center to learn about the of the earth and the sky. Children will earn a badge and certificate. For more information, please call (435) 782 3030.

July 8 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Junior Ranger Program: Fire and Nature - Children between the age of six and 12 can become a Junior Ranger by joining the naturalist in this one-hour program designed to get kids excited about nature! Program begins at 1 p.m. at the Huber Grove. For more information call (435) 654-1791.



Dear Action Alert Subscriber,

I just got off the phone with Brian Hawthorne of BRC with news that Utah State Representative Mike Noel will be speaking at the PRO ACCESS RALLY in St. George this coming Thursday, June 29, 2006.

Noel is a noted expert on rights-of-ways across public lands, including rights granted by Congress under R.S. 2477. Before he was elected to the Utah House in 2003 Noel, worked for the Bureau of Land Management where he specialized in easements and rights-of-ways. Noel is also a strong supporter of managed recreation on Utah public lands and National Forests.

It looks like the Rally is shaping up to be a first class affair. We also learned that Stephen Wade Power Sports have secured the services of Staheli Catering for the Burger and Dog Fry. Nobody does a better Burger Fry than Staheli Catering and we really appreciate the guys at Stephen Wade for helping us make this Rally a really great event.

If you have any questions or need directions give me a call!

Mike Swenson



WHAT: Washington County Pro-Access Rally

WHEN: Thursday June 29, 2006, 6:00 to 7:30 PM

WHERE: On the Steps of the Washington County Administration Building, 197 E Tabernacle St., Saint George, Utah

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Dear Action Alert Subscriber,

The Utah Shared Access Alliance and the Blue Ribbon Coalition is pleased to announce…


Brian and I were talking the other day about how many land use related items are going on in S. Utah NEXT WEEK! (Week of June 26 through June 30, 2006) so we decided to make it SOUTHERN UTAH ACCESS WEEK!

Here's the scoop: The Dixie National Forest is going to release bits of their new Forest Plan AND their Travel Plan next week. There is a Travel Plan meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2006, and the Dixie NF is planning something they call "The Dixie Forum" for Wednesday and Thursday, June 28 and 29.

On Thursday evening (6:00 pm) OHV users in St. George are rallying on the steps of the Washington County Administration Building to show support for recreational access to public lands.

Cool huh?



WHAT: Washington County Pro-Access Rally

WHEN: Thursday June 29, 2006, 6:00 to 7:30 PM

WHERE: On the Steps of the Washington County Administration Building, 197 E Tabernacle St., Saint George, Utah

IMPORTANT: This rally is an opportunity to show you support continued responsible recreational access in Washington County. Stephen Wade Power Sports is sponsoring a Burger and Dog Fry so be sure to put this on the calendar. This rally is guaranteed to be a BLAST!! Please take a look at the details below.


Getting your name on the list to be notified of any planning change is critically important for Southern Utah issues. As we mentioned, there is a LOT going on and its never good to be uninformed about what the BLM and Forest Service is planning.

You can be added to the agencies contact list with a simple email. We've pasted links to BLM's planning websites and email addresses below.

Naturally, encouraging your friends, family and ridding buddies to get on BRC and USA-ALL's Action Alert list is TOP PRIORITY.

Get on BRC's and USA-ALL's Action Alert Lists

USA-ALL Alert List http://www.usaall.org/ or send an email to subscribe@usaall.org

BRC ACTION ALERT LIST http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/

Dixie NF Travel Planning webpage: http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/dixie/projects/MTP/index.shtml
To be put on contact list send an email to Noelle Meier at: nmeier@fs.fed.us

Dixie NF Forest Plan Revision webpage: http://www.ecosystem-management.org/dixie/blog/

To be put on the contact list send an email to Kenton Call at: ckcall@fs.fed.us or call (435) 865-3730

Moab Field Office RMP Planning page: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/moab/
To be put on contact list send an email to: Brent_Northrup@blm.gov

Monticello Field Office RMP Planning page: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/monticello/
To be put on contact list send an email to: Gary_Torres@blm.gov or call 435- 587-1524

Richfield Field Office RMP Planning Page: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/richfield/
To be put on contact list send an email to: Frank_Erickson@blm.gov or call 435-896-1532

Price Field Office RMP Planning Page: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/price/
To be put on contact list send an email to: Floyd_Johnson@blm.gov or call 435-636-3650

Kanab Field Office RMP Page: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/kanab/
To be put on contact list send an email to: Keith_Rigtrup@blm.gov 435 644-4622

Utah BLM Planning Update Page: http://www.ut.blm.gov/landuseplanning/updates.htm


I know… it sounds stupid -- and a lot of people think it won't do any good. WRONG!

A simple letter to your political representative can be extremely powerful. The letter doesn't have to be long or contain detailed info. Indeed, a simple letter letting your local politico know that you support BRC and USA-ALL can be really influential. And, if you live in a Utah county that is fighting hard for their road rights, a thank-you letter to the county commissioners is MANDATORY!

Getting the email and address of your State representative is INSANELY EASY via Utah Legislature's website: http://le.utah.gov/

Getting the email and address of your Congressman and Senator is equally INSANELY EASY by logging on to BRC's Rapid Response center and entering your zip code: http://capwiz.com/share/home/


Washington County, Utah Pro-Access Rally

WHAT: Public rally to support continued recreational access to public lands in S. Utah.

WHEN: Thursday June 29, 2006, 6:00 to 7:30 PM

WHERE: On the Steps of the Washington County Administration Building, 197 E Tabernacle St., Saint George, Utah


The Pro-Access Rally in St. George was the idea of local OHV enthusiasts concerned about various issues, including the St. George BLM Field Office Travel Plan, the Arizona Strip Plan and legislation recently proposed for Washington County. "We feel like we're in the 'perfect storm' of road closures down here." Said Dale Grange of the Tri-State OHV Club based in Hurricane, Utah.

"Our local OHV community wants to express our support of responsible recreational access. We already have lots of areas off-limits to OHV users. Washington County has various non-motorized areas, endangered species habitat, National Parks and even Wilderness areas. We want to ensure we have access to what's left!" Grange added.

The Washington county OHV groups have organized what looks to be a really fun rally. And, the great folks at Stephen Wade Power Sports are sponsoring a Burger and Dog Fry!! What's not to love about that!?!

Dixie National Forest Travel Planning TWiG meeting

WHAT: Prior to the official start of the NEPA process in the Dixie's Travel Management Plan, there will be a meeting of the Topical Working Group to review the process, talk about ways of presenting the draft travel plan to the public and encouraging effective public input.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

WHERE: Hunter Conference Center, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah

(Please see details below)

"The Dixie Forum"

WHAT: The Forest Plan Forum is an opportunity for you to engage with the Forest Service and other forest users in a collaborative discussion about forest management. Dialogue will cover a variety of topics.

WHEN: June 28-29, 2006

WHERE: Haze Hunter Conference Center, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah


The Dixie NF began simultaneously updating their Forest Plan and their Travel Plan years ago by aggressively implementing directives to conduct a collaborative planning process. They were assisted by the Utah State Office of Planning and Budget and also by the Utah Rural Development Council.

Under the auspices of the Utah Rural Development Council, the Dixie NF implemented a collaborative concept known as Topical Working Groups (known by the catchy acronym; TWiG). Key stakeholders with local knowledge, along with representatives of state agencies, Forest Service and local government were invited to sit on various TWiG's. BRC represented national motorized vehicle user's perspective on two of the groups. Many local OHV user groups also participated.

The Dixie NF is prepared to release a proposed action for both the Travel Plan and the Forest plan and have called the TWiG's back to see how the collaborative process was incorporated in to the decision making.

The Travel Planning TWiG is scheduled for a half-day meeting on Tuesday. The public is invited to listen.

The Forest Planning TWiGs are planning something much different. According to the Dixie's press release, the Forum is "…an opportunity for you to engage with the Forest Service and other forest users in a collaborative discussion about forest management. Dialogue will cover a variety of topics including vegetation, water, wildlife, community, and recreation." The Dixie says the Forum Objectives are:

• Demonstrate how input is used in forest planning.
• Expand relationships between District personnel and planning participants as a foundation for forest plan implementation.
• Provide opportunities for open discussions about forest management choices to be made about resources that involve science, economics, and values, e.g. water, forest treatments, species protection, and recreation.
• Enable a collective conversation between the Forest Service, key interests, and cooperating agencies for critical plan components

A much more detailed description, along with the agenda is available on the Dixie's Web Blog. Http://www.ecosystem-management.org/dixie/blog/

You read that right. The Dixie NF Planning Team has a Blog!!

We want to state at the outset that this is an interesting idea and we're certainly not going to oppose the concept. But to be honest, we've read the thing a couple of times and we're really not sure what's going on… and we've been involved with the forest plan revision process from the outset!! We're concerned it might seem unfathomable to the general public who want to participate in the process.

Anyway, the Forum will have presentations and panel discussions on a bunch of really important topics. We highly recommend attending. At the very least, take a look at the agenda. I can tell you I can't wait to attend some of those presentations. I mean, how many times does someone get a chance to hear an explanation on how The Nature Conservancy's Ecoregional Assessment is used in formulating Forest Plans.

Also, Mike Swenson from USA-ALL is on a panel discussion with Doug West, Liz Close, Fred Hayes and Tim Peterson.

Participation is free. If you have any questions please contact Kenton Call at the Dixie NF. Email: ckcall@fs.fed.us Phone: (435) 865-3730 (leave a message)

As always, if you have any questions please give us a call.


Mike Swenson

Utah Shared Access Alliance


Brian Hawthorne

BlueRibbon Coalition


'Step Outside' Kicks Off Third Season on The Outdoor Channel

NEWTOWN, Conn.?The Outdoor Channel's "Step Outside" television program will kick off its third season this week with 13 new episodes tracking the adventures of newcomers to the outdoors.

Check local TV listings for air times.

Hosted by National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) president Doug Painter and three-time Olympic shooting medallist Kim Rhode, "Step Outside" takes viewers along as shooters, hunters, anglers and archers invite newcomers to the outdoors for the first time.

The show also features a weekly segment, Shooting Sports Minute, with "Gun Talk" radio's Tom Gresham.

An original TOC production, the series was inspired by NSSF's highly successful STEP OUTSIDE® program, which encourages outdoor enthusiasts to introduce family, friends and others to their outdoor pastimes. The show is produced by Mossy Oak Productions.

"Step Outside's third season promises to have a significant impact on our efforts to encourage existing sportsmen and sportswomen to ask friends, family members and neighbors to STEP OUTSIDE and enjoy all the positive qualities and experiences our outdoor heritage and traditions offer," said Painter.

"The Outdoor Channel feels strongly about the importance of recruiting new participants into the fishing, hunting and shooting sports because these outdoorsmen have proven to be the strongest conservationists. STEP OUTSIDE® and Step Outside TV will encourage all of us to actively take our friends and neighbors outdoors with us. And, it will also be great TV," said Chris Chaffin, TOC vice president of public relations and conservation.

As of June 2006, The Outdoor Channel had 26.6 million cable and DBS subscribers, according to Nielsen Media Research, and was available to about 74.7 million households.

Since its inception, NSSF's STEP OUTSIDE program has helped introduce hundreds of thousands to target shooting, hunting, fishing and archery by encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to invite others to share in their outdoor experiences. The program has assisted state fish and wildlife agencies, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, hunting clubs and conservation organizations in providing first-time experiences for newcomers through grants, workshops and other sponsored events.

For more information, visit http://www.theoutdoorchannel.com and http://www.stepoutside.org .

Firearm Industry Awards Grants to 10 States

Funding to help states recruit, retain hunters

NEWTOWN, Conn.?The firearm industry says it wants more hunters, and it's putting money where its mouth is.

The industry's trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has announced another $377,000 in grants to state conservation agencies with good ideas for recruiting and retaining hunters.

This is the fourth year of NSSF's Hunting Heritage Partnership granting program. To date, the program has allocated more than $1.7 million to 33 states.

Ten states were awarded grants this year.

What were the criteria?

"We rewarded the best concepts for strengthening America's hunting and conservation tradition into the future. Recipients this year developed proposals that are creative and far-sighted and resolve some of the real barriers facing hunters today," said Doug Painter, president of NSSF.

Painter added, "More and more, state conservation agencies nationwide are getting into marketing, youth programs, responsive management and human dimensions research. Our industry believes that's vital and we're willing to help pay for it."

Hunting Heritage Partnership grant recipients for 2006 include:

Idaho Department of Fish and Game ? $112,000
Project: Survey hunters, landowners, program coordinators and steering committee members to evaluate overall success of Idaho's ACCESS YES! program. ACCESS YES! creates public hunting opportunities on and across private lands, with a goal of using easements and leases to acquire access to 700,000 acres of public land through private property by March 2007.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources ? $12,000
Project: Increase the percentage of hunter education students who become active hunters. Surveys will help identify those who have not transitioned into hunting. Targeted advertising will encourage their participation in a mentored youth pheasant hunt, and educate them on how to pursue hunting beyond the introductory stages. Evaluate success.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ? $15,000
Project: Assess data from the state's hunting license sales database, evaluate demographics and marketing potential, review relevant research from other states, and develop a marketing plan to increase hunting participation in Nebraska.

Nevada Department of Wildlife ? $11,750
Project: Develop activities, events and incentives for mentoring entire families, rather than just individuals, into hunting, fishing and shooting sports. Goals include increasing active participants by 150 families in the first year, and retaining participation by 75 percent of the families in subsequent years.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department ? $34,000
Project: Increase the number of students at hunter education courses, and increase the number of graduates actually transitioning into hunting. New direct mail, sales and other promotions will provide detailed information on how to get started, how to purchase equipment and licenses, and other identified barriers to participation.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources ? $33,175
Project: Evaluate the effectiveness of large incentives to increase hunter participation. A predictive model will help identify hunters likely to lapse in 2006. In conjunction with outdoor gear retailers, agency will use direct mail promotions to offer incentives for purchasing a new hunting license. Prizes will be awarded through a Web-based drawing system. Follow-up analysis will measure the effectiveness of the overall campaign.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency ? $93,000
Project: Create additional hunting access through a dove field lease program, and then promote dove-hunting opportunities to multiple audiences. Additionally, the agency will launch a six-phase marketing and education campaign to recruit and retain license-buying hunters. A model for this campaign was developed with measurable success in Iowa by the fishing and boating industry.

Vermont Fish & Game ? $32,525
Project: Evaluate the effectiveness of youth hunting seasons in recruiting new hunters. Working with hunting license vendors and other sources, agency personnel with gather baseline data on the number of participants in youth hunting seasons. Surveys will measure attitudes and preferences about the program, as well as continued hunting activity by former participants.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ? $13,878
Project: Expand the scope of the existing Learn to Hunt program, which utilizes a variety of approaches to recruit newcomers, especially youth. The agency plans to add events and partners, build a network of volunteers, and expand the visibility of the program.

Wyoming Game & Fish Department ? $20,000
Project: Launch extensive advertising and public relations initiatives to promote free hunting access programs. Audio, video and print components are planned. The goal is enhancing public awareness of the agency's Walk-in and Hunter Management Access programs, existing successful programs that providing hunters with a place to go.

Nineteen proposals from 15 states were submitted this year to the Hunting Heritage Partnership judging committee of NSSF.

Idaho and Maryland received grants for the first time.

Wisconsin received a grant for the second time.

Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee, Vermont and Wyoming received grants for the third time.

New Hampshire and Ohio received grants for the fourth time.

Formed in 1961, NSSF is celebrating its 45th birthday in 2006. The organization recently reached important new milestones, topping 3,000 members and hosting the largest annual trade show (SHOT Show) in the history of the firearms industry.

Safety and Conservation Brochures Feature Classic Messages, New Looks

NEWTOWN, Conn.--The messages are timeless, but the presentations are very today.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearm industry, has announced availability of eight newly designed and updated brochures to keep hunting and shooting families safe, responsible, ethical, aware and equipped for maximum fun in the shooting sports.

"NSSF's safety and conservation literature program has been communicating important information to gun owners for nearly 45 years, and the messages are as relevant now as ever. Our new brochures have classic content updated for today's audiences," said Colleen Swain, who manages safety and education services for NSSF.

Swain said the new materials make a nice set of reference guides for sportsmen, as well as handouts for retailers, firearm safety instructors, hunting and shooting clubs, youth groups and hunter education classes.

New brochures include:

Firearms Safety Depends On You?Covers 10 rules of firearms safety.
Firearms Responsibility in the Home?Features safety rules, firearm storage options and a responsibility contract for parents and kids.
Welcome to the Shooting Sports?Introduces newcomers to the shooting sports.
A Parent's Guide to Recreational Shooting for Youngsters?Gives parents a better understanding of what the shooting sports are all about and how participating in them can provide children with important life-skill benefits.
The Ethical Hunter?Explores aspects of hunting ethics.
The Hunter and Conservation?Presents an historical account of the hunter's role in wildlife management and conservation efforts.
What They Say About Hunting?Offers a collection of position statements on hunting from major conservation and preservation organizations.
Hunter's Pocket Fact Card?Presents statistics on how sportsmen provide the majority of funds used for wildlife conservation.

Each brochure is available free online at http://www.nssf.org/safety .

Single copies are $1 each. Quantities may be ordered for nominal fees. A current price list and order form are posted at http://www.nssf.org/safety . Mail or fax orders to NSSF Safety Education Services Dept., 11 Mile Hill Rd., Newtown, CT 06470; fax 203-426-1245.

For more information, call NSSF at 203-426-1320 or e-mail literature@nssf.org .