SALT LAKE CITY -- Federal officials are proposing protections for portions of eight streams in southern Utah noted for their wildlife, scenic waterfalls or pioneer inscriptions.
The Bureau of Land Management identifies the 14 total miles of waterways in a draft proposal released this week.
The BLM says some of the stream sections provide habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and threatened Mexican spotted owl. Bonneville Cutthroat trout, which is a state-sensitive species, is also found in some of the stream sections.
The BLM says Native American petroglyphs or pioneer inscriptions are found on rocks near two of the proposed stream sections.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act protects streams and rivers from development that would hurt habitat or impede the water flow.
A public comment period runs through Oct. 31.