Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Southwest Biological Science Center and National Park Service personnel were featured in a KSL TV story about a protected, ungrazed, and semi-pristine grassland in Canyonlands National Park that is used for long-term scientific studies.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers from the Southwest Biological Science Center and the National Park Service were featured in a KSL TV story about a hidden grassland in Canyonlands National Park that has never been grazed by domestic livestock. The site is free from human disturbances and semi-pristine — it has just one nonnative species, an annual grass (Bromus tectorum; commonly known as ‘cheat grass’) that invaded the grassland in the mid-1990s. Thus, this rare, protected 62-acre grassland is a great site to study how undisturbed ecosystems respond to climate and invasion by non-native grasses.

Studying relatively intact grasslands like the one in Canyonlands National Park could yield information useful to ranchers and others who manage lands in the arid West. To learn more about the research and to see some beautiful footage, check out the story titled “A secret trail to Utah’s protected paradise”:


Grassland in Canyonlands National Park
USGS scientists measure biological soil crust cover in the study grassland. (Credit: Mike Duniway, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center. Public domain.)

Get Our News

These items are in the RSS feed format (Really Simple Syndication) based on categories such as topics, locations, and more. You can install and RSS reader browser extension, software, or use a third-party service to receive immediate news updates depending on the feed that you have added. If you click the feed links below, they may look strange because they are simply XML code. An RSS reader can easily read this code and push out a notification to you when something new is posted to our site.