BOATING WARNING ISSUED

Three boating-related deaths and several drownings on Utah's lakes and reservoirs this year have Utah State Parks boating managers continuing to urge life-jacket use.

Managers specifically warn about the importance of life jackets while playing on inner tubes, inflatable rafts and mattresses and other toys. These toys are often slippery and unstable.

"These flotation toys are not life-saving devices," said Dave Harris, boating coordinator. "A life jacket should be worn at all times when using or playing with these toys."

When outside a swim beach area, those using these toys are required to wear a life jacket.

Nearly 80 percent of those who die in boating accidents are not wearing life jackets.

For more information, visit www.stateparks.utah.gov or call 801-538-BOAT.

VIEW MOUNTAIN GOATS

The Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Mountain Goat Watch on the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver on Aug. 9.

The viewing event is free and participants may see as many as 100 goats.

The DWR will provide all the equipment needed to view the goats. In some cases the goats have gotten as close as 35 feet from onlookers.

Lynn Chamberlain, regional conservation outreach manager, said the trip will begin at 8 a.m. at the convenience store at the bottom of Exit 109 off I-15 on the south side of Beaver.

From there, participants will caravan to the viewing location, which is at an elevation of around 11,500 feet.

In addition to seeing the mountain goats, the trip will be an opportunity to explore an alpine-tundra ecosystem.

For more information call 435-865-6100.

NEW MAP AVAILABLE

The Utah Geological Survey has released a new geologic map covering parts of Kane and Washington Counties in Utah, and Coconino and Mohave Counties in Arizona.

The map encompasses approximately 1,900 square miles of some of the most spectacular scenery and geology of Utah. Within its boundaries are parts of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and about one-third of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

This map represents the most recent compilation of the geology for this area and incorporates new mapping in many places, particularly along the western quarter of the map area. The map and included data will be a useful tool for federal, state and county agencies along with consulting geologists, developers, researchers and recreation enthusiasts.

The map is in digital format and includes Geographic Information System data and two plates. They are now available for $24.95 at the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, 1594 West Temple in Salt Lake City. For information call 801-537-3320 or 1-888-UTAHMAP; geostore@utah.gov).

The map can be viewed on the UGS Web site at www.geology.utah.gov/maps/geomap/30x60/pdf/mp-08-2.pdf.

WOLVES BACK ON LIST

The U.S. Federal District Court in Missoula, Mont., issued a preliminary injunction on July 18 that immediately reinstated the Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

That area includes all of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming along with the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon and parts of north-central Utah.

This injunction will remain in place until final resolution of this case occurs.

Any and all wolf permits authorized while wolves were delisted are null and void.

In the meantime, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are evaluating legal options regarding the court's order and the ongoing litigation over the delisting of the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population.

The wildlife service believes gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains have recovered and no longer need the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Any other conflict with wolves listed as endangered may be legally addressed only by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or its legally designated federal, state, or tribal agency agents.