public lands

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool,File

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has made her recommendation about whether to reverse President Donald Trump’s decision to downsize two sprawling national monuments in Utah. 

  

Zak Podmore, Salt Lake Tribune

An ancient petroglyph panel near Moab, Utah was vandalized with obscene and racist graffiti earlier this week. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, authorities are searching for the people responsible.


AP Photo/Matt Gouras, File

President Joe Biden has nominated Tracy Stone-Manning of Missoula, Montana, to direct the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management. 

  

AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is visiting Utah today before submitting a review on the national monuments in the state.

Coconino National Forest

Tourism has declined throughout much of Arizona because of the pandemic, but that’s not the case on national forest lands. Officials say record numbers of visitors came to forests around Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Mogollon Rim this summer to camp and hike in places where it’s easy to keep a safe physical distance from others. But, the spike in forest visitation also had some downsides. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Coconino National Forest ranger Matt McGrath about some of the problems connected to the increase.


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