Destination: Dark Skies

Guest Spotlight: Flint Timmins, Destination Development Specialist, Utah Office of Tourism Read the full article below or click here for the original pdf “Without a plan in place, it is difficult for communities to preserve their amenities and achieve their desired future. The lack of tourism and dark skies planning can easily lead to light pollution, overcrowding,…

Our Ancient Ties to the Night Sky

“I grew up looking at a dark night sky. I cannot imagine living on this Earth without a view of the night sky. I want to do everything I can to make sure that I can always hold this connection to the night sky and preserve it for this and future generations.” – Crystal White…

Spotlight – The Cedar Breaks National Monument Master Astronomer Program

“We recognized that in order to secure the best possible future for our night skies, we would need to take our dark sky message directly to the communities whose decisions about lighting most directly impact the skies over the park.” – Zach Schierl. This month please enjoy learning about the work of Zach Schierl, Education…

September Guest Spotlight – Amy Oliver

“When it comes to dark skies protection there are several requirements for success: to simultaneously break the cultural barrier—fascination with and attachment to the “bright lights, big city” way of thinking—and build cultural bridges—help individuals to reconnect, or connect for the first time, with the cosmos, and to understand the criticality of dark skies to…

Monthly Guest Spotlights

“Of all the things you can say about planning, one thing is certain: it can no longer be done by one person. And if you can determine what the planning problem is, then that determines the disciplines that must be involved in the solution to the problem.1” – Ian McHarg In an effort to recognize…

New CPDSC Informational Flyer

The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative has an updated informational flyer that can be shared digitally or in printed format. Find a high quality version of the flyer here.

Dark Skies A Sign of The Times

by Jeff Pregler, AICP, Sierra Vista, AZ Originally posted on The Western Planner Part of the mystique of living in the western United States is the large expanses of undeveloped land and the seemingly pristine endless natural features.  In fact, many states often identify themselves by these features such as Montana’s Big Sky Country or…

New Dark Sky Assessment Guide

The Rural Planning Group, a project of Housing and Community Development in the Utah Community Development Office, created a wonderful Dark Sky Assessment Guide for communities interested in dark sky protections. Check it out here! (http://www.ruralplanning.org/assets/dark-sky-assessment-guide—web.pdf) For more information please visit the Utah Community Development Office website at http://www.ruralplanning.org/ or contact Aubrey Larsen at aubreychristensen@utah.gov.  …

Embracing the Night

by Kelly Bastone Originally posted on Mountain Magazine Communities across the Colorado Plateau are determined to preserve one of America’s last patches of uncorrupted darkness. AS A KID, BETTYMAYA FOOTT’S FAVORITE BED WAS HER BACKYARD TRAMPOLINE. LYING THERE, HER DROWSY EYELIDS WOULD FLUTTER OPEN TO SEE THE STARS AND THE UNPOLLUTED DARKNESS ABOVE MOAB, UTAH. “THAT…