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Summer/fall 2011 Salt Lake Tribune articles on Utah state parks

The year 2011 was a very difficult one for the Utah State Parks system. The agency was already reeling from steep budget cuts and was facing more. During  summer and fall of that year the Salt Lake Tribune published an in-depth series on state parks that put the issues and the realities in perspective. Besides containing excellent information on our state parks and management, these articles also illustrate why the public needs to stay involved.

The series, along with a few related columns and other articles published during this time are listed below. Click on the title to read the article in the Salt Lake Tribune's archive, then click the"back" button in your browser to return to this page.

What do Utah state parks mean to you?
By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, July 1, 2011

State parks: Budget cuts force job losses, closure of Rock Cliff Nature Center
Budget cuts • Naturalist looks back as Rock Cliff Nature Center shuts down.

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, July 3, 2011

'No more fluff to cut': Utah State Parks face funding crisis
Recreation • "We want them streamlined and not to be fat cats," says lawmaker; "There is no more fluff to cut, not a penny," says state parks director.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, July 5, 2011

Report outlines cure for nation's ailing parks
Public lands • Conservation group calls for more funding, more care, more protection and more parks.

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, July 5, 2011

Utah State Park system dates back to 1957
Outdoors • After starting with just four parks, the division now manages 43.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, July 5, 2011

A state park on the edge – of closure
Blanding • Edge of the Cedars, a museum full of American Indian artifacts, is on the legislative auditor's closure list.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, July 18, 2011

Camp Floyd: How one Utah state park keeps going in tough times
Military site finds that turning youngsters on to its history — by a variety of interactive means — is helping to weather budget woes.

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, July 18, 2011

Training helped save State Park ranger's life
Shot on duty, officer praises training in law enforcement.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, July 18, 2011

Some officers say safety may be compromised.
By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, July 21, 2011

Utah's state park golf courses facing money woes
State parks • Of system's 4 public courses, only one is making money.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, July 18, 2011

Small staffs struggle with year-round attractions at state parks
Constant trimming of budgets leaves rangers hard-pressed to ensure safety, maintenance

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, July 25, 2011

Wasatch Mountain: Utah's most visited state park
By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, July 26, 2011

Antelope Island: The gem of the Utah parks system
With its diverse wildlife and views of the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island knows how to attract lovers of nature.

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, August 2, 2011

State parks: High cost of small water parks raises tough questions
Recreation • Most rural facilities require taxpayer subsidy.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, August 2, 2011

Utah State Parks manages primitive sites
Cost • Utah manages a handful of historic and recreational sites that few people — even Utahns — know about. And they're cheap to operate.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, August 8, 2011

Handing over Utah state parks makes sense to some, but isn't easy
Recreation • Commitments to federal programs often complicate transfer of a facility.

By Brett Prettyman And Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 2011

Utah State Parks provide affordable outdoor adventures for the entire family
By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, August 17, 2011

Privatized This Is the Place park still relying on state cash
Some say site that depends on donations is not a good model for other parks.

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, August 22, 2011

Davis County approached concerning Jordan River OHV area
By Cathy Mckitrick The Salt Lake Tribune, August 22, 2011

Wharton: Cuts could have outdoors lovers paying more for less
By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, August 22, 2011

Concessionaires add to Utah state parks experience
Outdoors • State officials believe that providing services achieves a better recreation experience.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, August 26, 2011

Campground hosts are often the first face of Utah State Parks
Camping • Volunteers help with greeting, cleaning.

By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, August 29, 2011

A tale of two state parks: Anasazi and Otter Creek
Core attractions of Otter Creek, Anasazi parks help garner benefits for two small towns.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, August 30, 2011

Scenery pays for some Utah state parks
Tourism • Dead Horse Point is the state's top money maker per visitor.

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, Published August 30, 2011

Boaters make up majority of Utah State Parks visitors
By Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, September 6, 2011

Wharton: Politicians Use ATV enthusiasts as Dupes
By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, September 12, 2011

Utah not only state park system struggling with budget cuts
By Tom Wharton And Brett Prettyman The Salt Lake Tribune, September 12, 2011

Utah state parks on verge of closure
By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune, October 20, 2011

 

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