Conservation

Birders around the world are rejoicing with the rediscovery of a bird that has not been seen for 180 years. 

The illusive Black-browed Babbler has been captured, photographed and then released back into the tropical forest of Borneo. 

Dr. John Mittermeier of the American Bird Conservancy talks with Nell and Chris about this unique feathered creature, its accidental capture, and why its rediscovery is so important to both birders and conservationists.   

On this edition of This Green Earth:

Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher shares more about the transportation study going on  in Kimball Junction and how it may impact local conservation work.

Cada Domingo - Ryan Anderson

Jul 14, 2019

We spoke with Ryan Anderson with Utah Clean Energy, a local non-profit that is working to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. Ryan is the Community Coordinator for the Summit Community Power Works (SCPW) Program, which helps community members save money on their utility bills by providing energy efficiency resources and education. The SCPW Program hosts the SCPW Challenge, which is an online tool providing information and resources to residents looking to reduce their carbon footprint. SCPW is also launching a discounted solar program this summer.

Summit Land Conservancy Breakfast Planned For May

Apr 3, 2018
Summit Land Conservancy Oakley

Summit Land Conservancy has a biennial breakfast coming up in May. The food and facility is donated by Deer Valley and, as always, it will be held at the Silver Lake Lodge. Carolyn Murray has this:

Oakley Gets 20 Acres For Permanent Preservation

Apr 3, 2018
Summit Land Conservancy Staff Picture

The town of Oakley is working with the Summit Land Conservancy to preserve property known as Steven’s Grove, a wooded wetland habitat along the Weber River. Carolyn Murray has this:  

Courtesy of Bob Wick BLM-Grand Staircase Escalante / NRDC web site

Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, announced Thursday his recommendation to shrink some of the nation’s National Monuments. Included in the proposal are two of Utah’s National Monuments, Escalante and the newly designated, Bears Ears.  No details have been released yet, but a statement from the San Juan County Commission outlines their support of the Zinke recommendation. 

The Summit County Council discussed Wednesday whether to continue with the next step in the Mountain Accord process. They said yes, but in a split 3-2 vote. The Accord has been succeeded by the Central Wasatch Commission, made up of four entities in the Salt Lake Valley.

Council members Chris Robinson, Kim Carson, and Glenn Wright voted to continue with $100,000 in funding they had pledged to the Accord. The dissenters, Roger Armstrong and Doug Clyde, asked what the county is getting out of a process that's being run by interests in the Salt Lake Valley. Rick Brough has m0re.

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Chris and Nell First speak with Rob DuBruc, staff attorney with Western Resource Advocates, regarding their efforts to have U.S. Oil Sands perform air and groundwater monitoring as a proposed strip mining operation in eastern Utah.  Then, on the second half of the show, they speak with Jenna Walenga of the research group Adventures and Scientists for Conservation.  ASC  is conducting research which documents the increasing extent and amounts of micro plastics showing up in fresh and saltwater around the globe.