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Light pollution controls make Torrey the first ‘dark sky’ town in Utah

With new streetlights, bulb shields and a lights ordinance, Torrey not too long ago was the first town in Utah — and the 18th in the international — to be identified as an International Dark Sky Community.

Torrey is also the first nationwide park gateway town to earn the designation, in keeping with the International Dark Sky Association.

“Together, we take a major step forward in achieving an important goal of the International Dark Sky Places Program to join parks and neighboring communities in dedication to preserving their shared night skies,” stated IDA Executive Director J. Scott Feierabend. “Torrey has proven its commitment to protecting this resource for the benefit of both its residents and national park visitors.”

The affiliation known Capitol Reef National Park as a Dark Sky Park in 2015. The Torrey Town Council later applied an outside lights ordinance, which calls for side road and construction lights to be shielded and directed towards the flooring.

(Scott T. Smith | courtesy) The Milky Way and stars in darkish sky above Highway 24 (Main Street) in Torrey, illuminated via a dismal sky pleasant LED gentle.

“While those who came before us left us our dark night skies to love, now we leave a legacy to generations of future residents of this special place we proudly call home,” Torrey Mayor Scott Chestnut stated in a information observation. “We’ve often been accused of being ‘in the dark,’ but now we’re being honored for it.”

Torrey citizens and organizations raised about $20,000 closing 12 months to exchange bulbs in streetlights and in outside lighting at some distinguished companies.

A 2016 Missouri State University study reviewed nationwide park customer surveys and spending and located that as much as $2.five billion in tourism spending at parks on the Colorado Plateau may well be received or misplaced with darkish skies.

Other cities in and round southern Utah have joined the darkish sky motion; Springdale, Boulder, Moab, Kanab and the border town of Page, Ariz., are bearing in mind or have handed light-curbing ordinances.

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