Latest Insider Scoop - February 09, 2017

Greetings to Friends of the Wild Utah Project!

Because you are one of Wild Utah Project’s special friends, we are excited to bring you this periodic update about what’s happening at Wild Utah Project.  It would seem that this “Scoop” is heavy on WUP speaking engagements in February….see below! Thanks again for your help and for contributing to Wild Utah Project’s efforts to bring sound science to land and wildlife management decisions in Utah.    --The Wild Utah Project Crew: Allison, Mary, Emanuel, Amy, and Board members Lindsey, Mark, Kirsten, Scott, Ronni, and Kathy[MP1] , and “emeritus extraordinaire” Jim Catlin.

Our Director Allison giving a presentation at Main Library Feb 15 on the importance of conserved and connected roadless areas for Utah’s wildlife.

Allison has been invited by Western Wildlife Conservancy and a new Utah group, called “Utah Wants Wolves,” to participate in a new quarterly lecture series at the SLC downtown Main Library.  Come join us on next Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm as Allisondiscusses the basic concepts of wildland network design and why preserving blocks of connected habitat helps to ensure functional and viable wildlife populations, including especially top-level predators. We'll discuss how some of the Utah Wants Wolves partner groups such as Western Wildlife Conservancy, Wildlands Network, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, and Wild Utah Project are working through various campaigns to conserve these "core" areas, while also working for better land and wildlife management policies in the public land "matrix" around the currently protected and hopefully future protected national parks, monuments and wilderness areas of Utah.  We will be meeting in the downtown SLC Main Library Room B (downstairs)  Here’s the link to the Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/604791019729113/, where you can RSVP for this FREE event, and invite friends.  See you there!

Join us for dinner and Climate Change Discussion Panel, February 23, hosted by the Village Square

Utah has recently established a state chapter of a national movement, the Village Square. The new Utah Chapter is hosting a –roughly– quarterly lecture/panel discussion series on various topics of interest here in our state. This month’s panel discussion on February 23 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm will take place at the SLC downtown Main Library, and is called “Climate Conversations at the Village Square.”  We will begin with a light dinner, followed by a panelist discussion covering the full spectrum of climate views from a wide range of guests, including Derek Monson with the Sutherland Institute, Robert Davies with Utah State University, Michelle Straube with the University of Utah’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, George Handley with BYU, Laura Nelson with the Utah Governor’s Office, and our own Allison Jones, Director of Wild Utah Project.  Allison will be discussing the impacts of climate change on wildlife and wildlife habitats.  Opportunity for audience questions and discussion will take place after panel talks.  Space is limited so if you would like to attend this free event, be sure to reserve your seat ahead of time through the Utah Village square event page: http://utah.villagesquare.us/event/climate-change/ 

Thank you for supporting Wild Utah Project and our work on behalf of wildlife and wildlands.