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: Flows into Lake Powell for 2018 are expected to be just 42 percent of the reservoir's long-term average. The Colorado River supplies drinking water to 40 million Americans, irrigates 5.5 million acres of farmland, and injects more than $1 billion annually in the region’s recreation and tourism economy. An outdated system is promising more water than it can supply to a growing number of uses. ... 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
Flight Across America 2011 - 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
Flight Across America 2012 - 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...
Flight Across America 2013 - 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...
Flight Across America 2014 - 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.
Flight Across America 2015 - Megadrought
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: Flight Across America 2015 focused on water conservation concerns in the West, emphasizing the crucial role water plays in sustaining life, and the mega drought happening in many states across the West. The program provided an excellent learning environment for students, combining the aerial perspective of the role of water in the health of ecosystems and how watersheds connect landscapes, with on-the-ground discussions of the impact of energy development, urban planning, recreation and agriculture on our water resources.
Flight Across America 2016 - National Park Centennial
State: Arizona, Colorado, Utah
Region: Southwest

In celebration of this centennial and in preparation for the next hundred years, EcoFlight’s student program focused on the importance of our national parks, the threats to them, and how we can be more inclusive in offering experiences to a wider variety of visitors, and how to include more perspectives in our advocacy.

Students studied Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde, National Parks, Colorado National Monument, and the proposed Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monuments.

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
National Parks Centennial
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah
Region: U.S. Department of the Interior
Description: On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100!
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 - Bears Ears National Monument
State: Utah
Region: San Juan County

President Trump’s April, 2017 Executive Order called for “review” of national monuments created since 1996. The Department of the Interior (DOI) set up a public comment process for the National Monuments targeted by the order and the Bears Ears National Monument recieved overwhelming support from the public - over 685,000 messages of support in just 15 days!

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 - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
State: Utah
Description: President Trump's Proclamation became effective upon signing on December 4, 2017 - removing nearly a million acres from national monument protection from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. As of that date the existing Clinton GSENM ceased to exist.
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 - Moab MLP
State: Utah
Region: Moab BLM Field Office
Description: In October 2017, Secretary Zinke announced that he aims to scrap the MLP process, calling it a burden on energy compainies. Local governments and citizens support the Moab MLP and all the work that has gone into it already, saying it balances energy and recreation interests. Grand County Council sent a letter to Zinke asking him to uphold the locally-driven plan. More than 28,000 public comments were received and considered in developing the final plan. Since the plan was finalized in 2016, the BLM must continue with the MLP as the law of the land. Other MLPs however, have been set aside, freezing progress on proposed plans and restarting leasing in contested areas.
Utah - PR Springs Tar Sands
State: Utah
Region: PR Springs, Utah
Description: The state of Utah first gave 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. In July 2015, after pressure from environmental groups and a study that found that the area is a recharge zone where snowmelt and precipitation enter the subsurface to feed perennial springs in nearby canyons, state officials denied expansion plans for the project, requiring the company to develop a groundwater monitoring plan, along with air quality assurances, before moving forward.
Utah - San Rafael Swell
State: Utah
Description: The BLM is proposing an oil and gas lease sale for the Molen Reef region of the western San Rafael Swell—an area dense with cultural and archaeological sites and outstanding recreational opportunities. The agency’s initial decision to offer these leases in 2013 drew immediate and widespread criticism, with the BLM ultimately deciding that it hadn’t properly studied the cultural and archaeological resources in the area.
Utah - White Mesa Uranium Mill
State: Utah
Region: Southeast Utah
Description: The White Mesa Uranium Mill is the country's only operating conventional uranium mill, just 3 miles from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe's White Mesa community. Built in 1979 to process uranium ore from the Colorado Plateau, the mill processes uranium from mines across the Colorado Plateau and has been importing radioactive waste called "alternate feed material" since 1987.
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: 2014 marked 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...”