Announcing a New Home for the Dark Sky Cooperatives

Announcing a New Home for the Dark Sky Cooperatives The Institute of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism at USU becomes new home to the Western Dark Sky Cooperatives Read the full announcement here Exciting New Beginnings in 2022! We have some exciting news! The Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperatives will be working with…

The Mojave Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network

The Mojave Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network Allen Calvert, Mojave Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network Program Manager Download a high quality pdf version of this article here This article was originally published in July 2020 by the BRDSC The National Park Service created the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Division 20 years ago to inventory natural…

Why NEPA matters and what does it have to do with the night sky?

Why NEPA matters and what does it have to do with the night sky? Gina Pearson, US DOI National Park Service Environmental Protection Specialist, Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division Download a high quality pdf version of this article here The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1969 requiring federal decision makers to…

Park After Dark

Park After Dark: Considerations for Courteous & Responsible Nighttime Visitation Karen Garthwait, Interpretive Media & Volunteers, Arches & Canyonlands National Parks Download a high quality pdf version of this article here Why is using artificial light sources to light up landscapes, rock formations, or other park features prohibited at parks such as Arches National Park?…

Anchored to the Cosmos

Anchored to the Cosmos Mason Berglund, Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Assistant Coordinator Download a high quality pdf version of this article here Dark skies are integral to my mental health and well being. Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I only knew perfectly clear night skies, flickering stars, fluorescent galaxies, and dancing auroras. Looking…

Dark Sky Month

Dark Sky Month 5 tips to help you work with public officials on getting support for dark skies Flint Timmins, Utah Office of Tourism Destination Development Lead Download a high quality pdf version of this article here To celebrate it’s new position as the world leader in dark sky preservation, Governor Spencer Cox of Utah…

The National Natural Landmarks Program

The National Natural Landmarks Program A Snapshot of NNLs in our Neighboring Dark Sky Cooperative Guest: Laurie Lee Jenkins Download a high quality pdf version of this article here BIOLOGICAL AND GEOLOGICAL HERITAGE Did you know that there are 15 National Natural Landmarks (NNL’s) within the Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperative? Many offering amazing…

Policy Matters. Advocacy Works.

Policy Matters. Advocacy Works. Guest: Cassidy Jones Outreach and Engagement Manager | Southwest Region | National Parks Conservation Association Download a high quality pdf of the article here “Policy matters. Advocacy works. We must use our voices to speak loudly together for continued dark sky protection in Utah and beyond. I encourage anyone who loves…

Measuring & Treasuring our Night Skies

Measuring & Treasuring our Night Skies NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division Guests: Sharolyn Anderson and Ashley Pipkin Download a high quality pdf of the article here The Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD) is located within the Natural Resources Stewardship and Science Directorate of the United States National Park Service. The NPS…

Supporting Public Lands Across the Colorado Plateau

The Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons Association Guest: Sue Husch, PPCA Administrator Download a high quality pdf of the article here If you’ve visited a National Park, National Monument, BLM or Forest Service visitor center or book store on public lands, chances are you’ve met a “Cooperating Association” – a nonprofit partner of a public land…