2011 Flight Across America  - National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was an intensive study of iconic national parks in the U.S. Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from CU Boulder and Colorado Mountain College flew over five Southwestern national parks... read more
2012 Flight Across America - Upper Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River
Description: Flight Across America 2012 focused on water conservation concerns in the Upper Colorado River Basin, emphasizing the crucial role water plays in sustaining natural and societal life. With our college level students, the program took an aerial look at water and its relation to the health of ecosystems, energy development, urban planning, recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming...
2013 Flight Across America - Wild Land Designations
State: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Description: Flight Across America (FLAA) 2013 focused on the multiple designations of wild land protections that exist in today’s era, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West.  Continue reading...
2014 Flight Across America - 50 Years of Wilderness
State: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
Description: Flight Across America 2014 (our annual multi-state student program) focused on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act: the importance of wilderness designations for our public wild lands, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West, and the difficulty of obtaining these designations in the current political climate.
Arizona & Utah - Lake Powell
State: Arizona, Utah
Region: Upper Colorado Basin
Description: Lake Powell on the border of Utah and Arizona was created when the controversial Glen Canyon Dam was built and flooded Glen Canyon in 1963. Current demand and drought conditions however, are causing parts of Glen Canyon to return.
Colorado and Utah - Red Dust
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: An increasing body of scientific research indicates that windborne dust from disturbed desert soils is contributing to early snowmelt in Colorado. When the light from the sun comes in contact with tiny rock particles instead of plain snow, the dust is heated, making the snow melt earlier and more quickly.
Colorado and Utah - Red Leaf Research Development
State: Utah
Region: Utah/Colorado
Description: The western United States holds some of the world’s richest deposits of oil shale. The states of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah together represent more than a third of the earth’s supply.  Red Leaf Resources, Inc. is currently field testing technology to bring this fuel to the market... read more
Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: In April of 2013 the Colorado River was named the most endangered river in the country. An outdated system is promising more water than it can supply to a growing number of uses. The river is the major water artery in the Southwest, a region that is drier than the deserts of North Africa. In spite of the lack of rainfall and very high summer temperatures, this dry desert is now home to tens of millions of people and includes some of the major agricultural areas in the United States... read more
Dinosaur National Monument
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: Though it is remotely located in the mountains and canyons of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you might find in major metropolitan areas...
FLAA Student Program 2011 - Southwest National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was a three day intensive study of iconic national parks in the American Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from Colorado Mountain College and CU Boulder flew over 5 national parks... read more
Four Corners Region - Air Quality
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah
Description: Existing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the Four Corners region total 29 million tons per year of CO2. With the increased recognition of the impacts of CO2 as a major contributor to climate change, it is imperative that CO2 emissions be reduced in the Four Corners region... read more
Utah - Alton - Hollow Coal
State: Utah
Region: Southern Utah - Kane County
Description: This new coal strip mine in Alton, Utah has changed significantly since our first flight in December of 2010. Recent plans for the mine's expansion have promoted concerns from conservation groups, and the threat of legal action should the BLM approve them. BLM's decision was delayed in July of 2012... read more
Utah - Beaver Management Plan
State: Utah
Region: Southern Utah
Description: EcoFlight flew a team over southern Utah to look at potential locations for beaver reintroduction. The Grand Canyon Trust is working on a new Utah beaver management plan. Acting as the ground troops (air troops in our case) they are looking at 82 streams in the state for suitable beaver habitat... read more
Utah - Bingham Canyon Mine
State: Utah
Region: Salt Lake City, Oquirrh Mountains
Description: Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine is situated directly east of the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The largest open pit mine in North America, Bingham has supplied more than 6 billion tons of rock yielding copper, gold, silver and molybdenum and not surprisingly, a tremendous amount of pollution... read more
Utah - Bryce Canyon National Park
State: Utah
Region: Southern Utah
Description: Bryce Canyon is famous for its unique geology. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos"... read more
Utah - Canyonlands National Park
State: Utah
Description: Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah and is geologically located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Read more...
Utah - Castle Dale & Huntington Coal Power Plants
State: Utah
Region: Price, Utah
Description: The Huntington power plant in Utah is named for the nearby town of Huntington. The Hunter plant is considerably larger and is located two miles south of Castle Dale. The pollution from both plants has major impacts on human health and on haze at nearby national parks... read more
Utah - Cedar Breaks National Monument
State: Utah
Region: Cedar City, Utah
Description: Cedar Breaks National Monument is a canyon located on the west side of the Colorado Plateau. This area is known for its external beauty but also contains a treasure chest of information about the mysterious surge of carbon that was released into our atmosphere 56 million years ago... read more
Utah - Desolation Canyon
State: Utah
Region: Uinta Basin
Description: The Desolation Canyon area is one of the largest roadless areas in the U.S. It's also sitting on top of a large oil formation, making it a target for drilling. The region has had a history of attempts to balance uses of the land. In 2012, the Obama Admnistration approved a project to allow nearly 1,300 new wells... read more
Utah - Greater Canyonlands
State: Utah
Description: The Greater Canyonlands area extends beyond Canyonlands National Park over 1.4 million acres. Threatened by off-road vehicle abuse, oil and gas, nuclear and tar sands mining, this area contains scenic getaways for tourists, 12,000 year old archeological sites, and a rich history of Native American culture.... read more
Utah - Green River
State: Utah
Description: The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in far northeastern Utah has world class trout fishing which is a big part of our Western culture and heritage. The river is targeted for a trans-basin water diversion project which could certainly threaten this magnificent river and the fishing there... read more
Utah - Moab - Potash Mining
State: Utah
Region: West of Moab, Utah
Description: The Moab or Cane Creek potash mine is located 20 miles west of Moab. The mine produces between 700 and 1,000 tons of potash per day. Potash, potassium compounds which occur naturally in areas where ancient oceans once ebbed and flowed, is mainly used for agricultural fertilizer... read more
Utah - PR Springs Tar Sands
State: Utah
Region: PR Springs, Utah
Description: The state of Utah has given Canadian based company, U.S. Oil Sands, the green light to proceed with the first tar sands development in the USA, without first obtaining pollution permits or requiring groundwater monitoring. A considerable amount of earthmoving has begun on state land at the 213-acre PR Springs site.
Utah - Proposed Bear's Ears National Conservation Area
State: Utah
Region: San Juan County
Description: The Navajo Nation and Utah Diné Bikéyah have offered their vision for the protection and management of natural and cultural resources on federal lands in San Juan County, Utah. After identifying important cultural and biological areas, including Bear's Ears and Cedar Mesa, maps were combined to create the boundaries of the proposed 1.9 million acre Diné Bikéyah National Conservation Area which includes wilderness designations and co-managed areas.
Utah - White River Basin
State: Colorado, Utah
Description: The White River Basin contains some of the best fish and wildlife habitat in the Colorado River Basin. The presence, and the opportunity for expansion, of native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout in the basin’s high-elevation tributaries makes the White a candidate for landscape-level protection... read more
Utah - Zion National Park
State: Utah
Description: Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah near Springdale.  The geology of the park includes winding canyons, sandstone peaks and high desert plateaus.  Read more...
Utah – Off Road Vehicles (ORV)
State: Utah
Region: Near Hanksville, Utah
Description: Off-road vehicle (ORV) use on Utah’s public lands is an enormously controversial public lands issue and ORV-caused damage – erosion, water pollution, noise, air-borne dust, crushed and looted archaeological sites — continues to increase in this fragile desert landscape... read more
Wilderness - 50th Anniversary
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Western United States
Description: This year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act...The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as an area “...affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain...”