News & Events

"Saving Birds One Window at a Time" - Presentation by Great Salt Lake Audubon

21 July 2020
Here's a fantastic learning opportunity from our FRIENDS at Great Salt Lake Audubon - TONIGHT! Join us on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom for a Great Salt Lake Audubon Birds ‘n Bites. Jeanne Le Ber, Linda Johnson and Cooper Farr will present Saving Birds One Window at a Time. The program…

FRIENDS Endorses USEE's Guidance for School Reopening

16 July 2020
  FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is excited to support Utah's schools through outdoor learning and environmental education opportunities this coming school year. The Utah Society for Environmental Education's (USEE's) newly launched Guidance for Reopening Schools was developed in partnership with state EE organizations and the North American Association for…

Little Cottonwood Traffic Problems—Public Comments Due July 10

09 July 2020
The Utah Department of Transportation has released 3 proposals for solving the traffic problems that plague Little Cottonwood Canyon during ski season. View a fact sheet here: https://littlecottonwoodeis.udot.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/9234_42_LCC_EIS_Alternatives_Project_Factsheet_FIN_WEB_6_29_2020.pdf . One of these proposals stands out as particularly destructive to the watershed and viewshed and recreation of the canyon. The proposed gondola up Little…

Utah Inland Port Authority Comments Due Today (June 22)

22 June 2020
The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) holds a public meeting today via Zoom with the intent to adopt its recently released "strategic business plan." This deeply flawed document openly acknowledges that the proposed giant warehouse and freight transfer facility will damage our air, water, wildlife habitat, and communities, but only offers shallow,…

Habitat Management Plan at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge open for comment

12 June 2020
A draft Habitat Management Plan (HMP) has been released for the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. This HMP has been much anticipated as the last time a plan was issued for this refuge was 2004. The public comment period is now open and runs through June 28th. The proposed plan calls for management…

Landfill near Great Salt Lake is underwater financially

11 May 2020
By Leia Larsen A controversial but still-empty landfill on the tip of Great Salt Lake’s Promontory Peninsula appears to be drowning in financial trouble. Last month, Box Elder County received notice that Promontory Point Resources had failed to make a March 25 payment on its $16.3 million bond. The Salt Lake…
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Why We Care

  • Several years ago I was enchanted by Alfred Lambourne’s romanticized paintings of the Great Salt Lake, so began my own quest to explore its islands and capture what I saw in quick, plein air, oil sketches.

    I made many day-trips to Black Rock and spent a significant amount of time camping on Stansbury and Antelope Islands, climbing their trails and swimming in their bays. My paintings became my diary as I observed the changing light and shadow on the rocks and water. The brine flies and gnats often hovered over my shoulder anxious to immortalize themselves in the sticky colorful oil paint.

    Kirk Henrichsen, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant