Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune

Brian Maffly

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Brian:

New app TerraTRUTH lets users report damage they see on Utah’s public lands

Conservation groups have developed a new mobile application that lets users to document and report damage they might witness on public lands. → Read More

How the future of Utah’s coal industry rests with a federal judge in San Francisco

After years of study, three Utah coal mines are poised to expand into new federally leased lands that promise to keep them humming for another decade, securing hundreds of treasured mining jobs in rural communities. → Read More

Adventure vs. clean water: Surging foot traffic to popular Utah canyon poses a challenge for Iron County

Kanarraville • Visitors to a popular southern Utah hiking destination may soon require a permit and have to pay a fee under a plan Iron County is developing to address overuse in Kanarraville Canyon. → Read More

National parks need money — but raising entry fees could backfire

The American public loves national parks, even as some destinations are becoming snarled in traffic and hikers pack places such as Zion’s Emerald Pools and River Walk and Arches’ Devil’s Garden. → Read More

Do low snow totals bode ill for Utah skiing in 2018?

Brighton • On a typical New Year’s Day, David Lind would be surfing the South Pacific, but this year he found himself on the slopes of a Utah ski area that is facing some of its thinnest snow cover in decades. → Read More

Moab tour operator tries to block 28 tourists from suing over boat crash injuries

An aluminum jet boat left a Moab dock last summer for a sunset excursion down the Colorado River with a full load of 28 mostly older passengers, tourists on a Utah vacation. → Read More

By renaming new Utah monument Shash Jaa, is Trump trying to divide Native American tribes?

President Donald Trump not only trimmed and broke up the Bears Ears National Monument when he visited Utah last week. He also renamed it with the Navajo-language term for Bears Ears, a gesture that could be courting trouble with many Native Americans. → Read More

What’s in, what’s out of Utah’s new monuments

Where Utah once had two large national monuments, the state now has five smaller ones under an order signed Monday by President Donald Trump — but several high-value sites the original monuments were designed to protect are left out. → Read More

Have an opinion about the proposed fee hikes for popular national parks? The comment period has been extended

In the face of intense public interest, much of it critical, the National Park Service is giving people more time to weigh in on its controversial proposal to boost entrance fees to $70 per vehicle at its most popular parks, including four in Utah. → Read More

Feds, locals worry annual Moab event creates ‘circus atmosphere’ in scenic Utah land

More than a dozen lines of webbing have been carefully strung across the side chute to Mineral Canyon, known as the Fruit Bowl, creating a kind of inverted cathedral for those who like to strut their balancing prowess hundreds of feet off terra firma. → Read More

What does Kane County want in a redrawn Grand Straircase-Escalante monument?

When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced he would visit Kanab last spring, Kane County officials knew they had a rare opportunity to influence the changes he might suggest for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The 1996 designation of the 1.9-million-acre monument still angers many of their friends and neighbors. → Read More

Ire-inspiring gravel-pit parcel doesn’t sell in Utah trust land auction

Wednesday’s auction of Utah trust parcels proved a dull affair, reaping hardly $1 million for the school trust fund. → Read More

Grand Staircase-Escalante monument will be pruned by half, Hatch official says

President Donald Trump will shrink the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by about half, to a size between 700,000 and 1.2 million acres, following the recommendation of his Interior secretary, according to a staffer for Sen. Orrin Hatch. → Read More

Forest Service to log pines burned in Brian Head fire

The Dixie National Forest hopes to quickly log some of the woods burned in the Brian Head fire, which scorched about 72,000 acres last summer in the highlands between Parowan and Panguitch. → Read More

Want to go to Arches? You may soon need a reservation, under a new Park Service plan.

Arches National Park on Wednesday unveiled a proposal for a reservation system that it hopes will reduce the crush of visitors, but may irritate some who are unable to plan ahead. → Read More

Championing ‘American energy independence,’ feds to scrap master plans for leasing public lands

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s signature master plans for use of public lands in Utah and across the country are to be officially sent to the regulatory scrapheap, according to a new report from her successor, who is instead targeting “actions that potentially burden domestic energy.” → Read More

Majority of Utahns favor trimming Bears Ears, but most oppose breaking up Grand Staircase, poll says

While a slight majority of Utahns believes the new 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument is too big, they oppose by a 2-to-1 margin breaking the bigger and more-established Grand Staircase-Escalante into smaller monuments. → Read More

Nearly complete tyrannosaur fossil airlifted from Utah’s Grand Staircase

Two years ago, Alan Titus was prospecting for fossils on Utah’s Kaiparowits Plateau, searching for new places to unearth paleontological treasures that could reveal secrets about massive and long-extinct land reptiles known as dinosaurs. → Read More

Feds target popular Utah wild horse herd for roundup

Utah’s most visible wild horse herd may get a lot smaller next year. → Read More

Latest federal oil and gas leases mired in protests over pollution worries for Utah’s Uinta Basin

The Bureau of Land Management’s next auction of oil and gas leases in Utah is under fire from a multitude of environmental, public health and wilderness groups. Topping the list of concerns is the likelihood that the Dec. 11 lease sale would worsen Uinta Basin’s persistent winter-time ozone levels. → Read More