Ecoregional Planning

Wild Utah Project has a long history of ecoregional planning, conservation area design and large-scale conservation assessments. With a variety of coalitions and partners, we develop effective conservation assessments and plans ranging from species, to local habitats to regional ecosystems.  Our ecological training, knowledge of environmental regulations, and expertise with computer mapping, GIS analysis and remote sensing enable us to develop effective conservation plans and associated products.  We have extensive experience developing flexible, user-friendly, spatial, decision-support packages that can help guide effective conservation planning communications and strategies.


Photo credit: Jeff Clay

Photo credit: Jeff Clay

Central Wasatch Environmental Dashboard

The Dashboard is a tool for decision makers to track the Central Wasatch’s environmental health and evaluate impacts in advance of future transportation planning decisions. It is the intention of the Mountain Accord that the Dashboard is a legacy project and will be updated on a regular basis. It is scientifically based, data rich, and technically credible.

The Dashboard compiles data currently collected throughout the Central Wasatch Mountains in a way that provides a picture of the complete health of the mountain range, as well as a mechanism for measuring the health moving forward. Phase II of the Dashboard includes an online platform for the public, planners, managers, and scientists interested in tracking the progress of the key ecological indicators. 

 
Photo credit: Howie Garber

Photo credit: Howie Garber

Heart of the west

Wild Utah Project and our mentoring organization, Wildlands Project, along with other partnering conservation scientists, are focused on long-term solutions to habitat degradation and fragmentation in the Intermountain West through the design and implementation of an integrated landscape of wildlands networks. Such networks typically consist of core wilderness areas connected by landscape linkages and surrounded by compatible use zones. Core areas remain wild and undeveloped. Landscape linkages, necessary to overcome habitat fragmentation, link core areas to enable wildlife to move and ecological processes to remain intact and functioning between core areas. The compatible use zones that surround core areas accommodate increasing levels of human activity. Click below to learn more about the Wildlands Network that we helped design: the Heart of the West Wildlands Network of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado...

 

Bear River Range Wildlife Corridor   Click to enlarge map

the western wildway network

Along the entirety of the Rocky Mountains and associated ranges, Wildlands Network and other partners are re-constructing the world’s most extensive network of protected, connected landscapes – the 5,000-mile-long– Western Wildway. The vision is one of coordinated international conservation action that will protect, connect, and restore a contiguous network of private and public lands along the spine of the Rocky Mountains and associated ranges, basins, plateaus, and deserts from Alaska’s Brooks Range to the Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental. Click below to learn about Wild Utah Project's priority corridor along the western Wildway Network: the Bear River Range Corridor