Divers to scour main marinas in search of invasive species
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — After finding 14 adult quagga mussels attached to moored vessels and dock structures at the Wahweap Marina in Lake Powell, the National Park Service is planning a four -day “mussel blitz” to try and remove any more of the invasive aquatic pests.
Starting June 10, 25 to 30 divers will be in the water at Wahweap and Antelope Point Marinas to assess the extent of quagga mussels. Divers and staff from the National Park Service (NPS), Aramark, Antelope Point Marinas, and other local, state, and federal agencies will inspect moored boats, docks, cables, and the buoy field in the marina areas during the intensive 4-day effort. The location, size, and quantity of the mussels removed will be recorded to help scientists determine the origin and scope of the problem. Continue reading “National Park Service plans ‘mussel blitz’ at Lake Powell”→
Another member of the group, Clawson Bowman Jr., a 69-year-old Las Vegas resident, died in the same area, but National Park Service did not specify if the death was heat-related, saying only that the Mohave County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
The June 8 search and rescue operation involved a party of two adult males and four Boy Scouts. The search started about 1 p.m. Saturday after the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a report from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office stating four Boy Scouts were lost near the Arizona Hot Springs. Lake Mead NRA Rangers and Fire were dispatched to the area to conduct a search. Continue reading “1 dead, 5 rescued with heat-related illness at Lake Mead”→
Biologists hopeful that the alien invaders haven’t started breeding yet
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Non-native quagga mussels have gummed up waterworks and fouled ecosystems across the country and now, for the first time, they’ve been confirmed in Lake Powell, the great southwestern reservoir that is a key part overall water storage in the Colorado River Basin.
Retired park rangers call on the BLM to fully adopt national leasing reforms
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — As oil and gas drilling rigs creep closer and closer to the borders of popular national parks around the country, a passel of retired park rangers has formed a new organization to try and protect cherished resources, including view sheds, air quality and wildlife habitat.
The idea is not to stop drilling. The ex-rangers acknowledge that energy development is needed. Rather, the group wants to hold other federal agencies — primarily the BLM — accountable to national guidance that requires smart, up-front planning when it comes to drilling around parks.
The House Natural Resources Committe, led by anti-environmental Republican extremists, this week will vote on HR 819, a measure that would roll back some restrictions on motorized access at the popular North Carolina beach.
SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the most storied trails in the country has seen a partial makeover, and the National Park Service will celebrate the new look of Grand Canyon National Park’sBright Angel Trail with a May 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The renovation encompasses a 3.5 acre area at and surrounding the Bright Angel Trailhead. The work focused on creating an accessible and comfortable area for visitors that complements existing historic buildings including the Bright Angel Lodge and Rim Cabins designed by Grand Canyon architect Mary E. J. Colter.
With little work on the trailhead in the past 100 years, the National Park Service said visitors were having a hard time finding the trailhead, and there was no convenient or comfortable place for people to sit to either enjoy the view or prepare for hikes. The renovation will greatly improve conditions at and around the trailhead, providing a much better experience for park visitors. Continue reading “Travel: Popular Grand Canyon trailhead gets a makeover”→