Wild Utah Project Library

The following publications are available free of charge from the Wild Utah Project. They are listed in chronological order (oldest at top), by topic.  Titles preceded by author and year are journal publications.  Most publications listed below are downloadable from this site. To view some of our maps visit the GIS PORTAL


WILD UTAH PROJECT ANNUAL REPORTS

Click here to access the most current and past annual reports


Ecoregional Planning & ASSESSMENT

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The Ecological Importance and Biological Uniqueness of the San Rafael Swell (2003). PDF

The Heart of the West Conservation Plan. (2004) PDF

Executive Summary of Heart of the West Plan (2004). PDF

The Ecological Importance of the White Wash Sand Dunes, UT, and the Effects of Off-Road Vehicles on this System. (2005) PDF

Jones, A., Daly, K., Molvar., E. and J. Catlin.  2006.  Conservation Planning and assessment of irreplaceability and vulnerability of conservation sites in the Heart of the West region, Middle Rockies.  Journal of Conservation Planning 2: 34-52. JOURNAL URL

Least-Cost Corridor Analysis for Evaluation of Lynx Habitat Connectivity in the Middle Rockies. (2007) PDF

Jones, A., Bates, W. and K. Robinson. 2010.  Lynx habitat modeling in Yellowstone.  Wild Felid Monitor 3: 22. JOURNAL URL

Jones, A., Aumack, E., Balsom, J., Beier, P., Belnap, J.,  Catlin, J., Fleischner, T., Grumbine, E., Mattson, D. and C. vanRiper III.  2010. The legacy and future visions of conservation biology on the Colorado Plateau.  In: Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Conference of research on the Colorado Plateau.  Tucson, University of Arizona Press. JOURNAL URL

Jones, A.  2011.  The importance of connected and conserved landscapes in a time of changing climate.  Utah Environmental Law review 31: 135-153. PDF

Conservation planning and assessment of biological resources and ecological importance of the greater Canyonlands Area. (2011) PDF

Central Colorado Plateau Conservation Analysis (2013, updated in 2015) and Mapbook. PDF

The Biological Resources and Ecological Importance of the Labyrinth Canyon Area, and the Need for Protection.  PDF

 

LAND-USE PLANNING

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Analysis of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Draft Management Plan: a Conservation Biology Perspective (1999).

Analysis of the Section 202 Process: a Conservation Biology Perspective (1999).

A Science-Based Tool for Assessing Available Forage and Grazing Capacity of Grazing Allotments to Meet Rangeland Health Standards (2003). PDF

A Science-Based Tool for Determining whether Grazing is the Cause of Failure to Meet Rangeland Health Standards (2003). PDF

Multiple Use Grazing Management in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, (A Guidance Document for the Monument's Programmatic Grazing DEIS) (2003). PDF

The Heart of the West Conservation Plan (2004) PDF

Best Management Practices for siting, developing, operating, and monitoring renewable energy in the Intermountain West (2012) PDF

The Sage-grouse Recovery Alternative: An Alternative presented to the BLM and USFS for use in the EIS process that will amend 99 Forest Service and BLM Land Use Plans for sage-grouse(2012) PDF

Central Colorado Plateau Conservation Analysis (2013, updated in 2015) and Mapbook.  PDF     MAPBOOK

Ruple, J., Capone, M., Vasquez, E. and A. Jones .2016.  Shooting the Albatross: Why a State takeover of federal public lands would make Endangered Species Act compliance more expensive and difficult. Environs 39(2): 115-139.  PDF    JOURNAL URL

 

GRAZING RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT

Jones, A. 2000. Effects of Livestock Grazing on North American Ecosystems: a Quantitative Review.  Western North American Naturalist 60: 155-164. JOURNAL URL

Review and Analysis of Cattle Grazing Effects in the Arid West, with Implications for BLM Grazing Management in Southern Utah (2001). PDF

A Science-Based Tool for Assessing Available Forage and Grazing Capacity of Grazing Allotments to Meet Rangeland Health Standards (2003). PDF

A Science-Based Tool for Determining whether Grazing is the Cause of Failure to Meet Rangeland Health Standards (2003). PDF

Multiple Use Grazing Management in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, (A Guidance Document for the Monument's Programmatic Grazing DEIS) (2003). PDF

Catlin, J., Carter, J. and A. Jones 2011.  Range management in the face of climate change.  In: (Monaco, T.A. et al., eds)  2011 Proceedings - Threats to shrubland ecosystem integrity.  2010 May 18-20, Logan, UT.  Natural Resources and Environment issues Volume XVII.  PDF     JOURNAL URL

Catlin, J. 2011.  BLM Grazing Allotment Not Meeting Standards.  In: the December 2011 Sierra Club Desert Report (2011). JOURNAL URL

Carter, J., Jones, A., O'Brien, M., Ratner., J. and G. Wuerthner.  2014.  Holistic Management: Misinformation on the Science of Grazed Ecosystems.  International Journal of Biodiversity Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 163431, 10 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/163431.JOURNAL URL

Jones, A.L. and J. Carter,  2016.  Implications of Longer Term Rest from Grazing in the Sagebrush Steppe: an Alternative Perspective (Response to Davies et al. 2015).  Journal of Rangeland Applications (3): 1-8. JOURNAL URL

 

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

Non-Lethal Alternatives for Managing Problem Bears (2000). (Incorporated into the Utah Division of Wildlife Resource's 2000 Black bear Management Plan, downloadable from UDWR's website).  

Best Management Practices for Off-Road Vehicle Use on Forestlands. (2008). PDF

Best Management Practices for siting, developing, operating, and monitoring renewable energy in the Intermountain West (2012). PDF

Switalski, A. and A. Jones. 2012.  Off-road vehicle best management practices for forestlands: A review of scientific literature and guidance for managers.  Journal of Conservation Planning.  Vol 8:12 – 24.  JOURNAL URL

 

 

 

ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS & TOOLS

 
 

Riparian Ecosystem Evaluation: a Review and Test of the Bureau of Land Management's Properly Functioning Condition Assessment Guidelines (2002).  PDF

A Science-Based Tool for Assessing Available Forage and Grazing Capacity of Grazing Allotments to Meet Rangeland Health Standards (2003). PDF

A Science-Based Tool for Determining whether Grazing is the Cause of Failure to Meet Rangeland Health Standards (2003).  PDF

Stevens, L.E., Stacey, P., Jones, A., Duff, D., Gourley, C. and J. Catlin. 2005. A protocol for rapid assessment of southwestern stream-riparian ecosystems.  Pp. 397-420 in: (C. van Riper and D.J. Mattson, eds.) The Colorado Plateau II: Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural research.  Tucson, University of Arizona Press.   JOURNAL URL

Rapid Stream-Riparian Assessment users Guide (copyright 2008. updated 2013). PDF

Jones, A., Stacey, P., Catlin, J. and L.E Stevens. 2010. A rapid stream-riparian assessment protocol and its utility in the Grand Staircase region, Utah.  Proceedings: Learning from the Land: 2006 Science Symposium at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Pp. 550-556.  PDF

 

 

 

STATUS REVIEWS & LISTING PETITIONS

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The Status of Utah's State-Listed Herpetofauna, and Implications of New Wilderness Designation within their Range (1999).  PDF

A Status Review of the Mussentuchit Gilia (Gilia tenuis) (2002).  PDF

Petition for a Rule to list Mussentuchit gilia (Gilia tenuis) as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (2003).  PDF

A Status Review of the Scurfpea Globemallow (Sphaeralcea psoraloides) (2002). PDF 

Special Status Plant Occurrences on the La Sals and Mountain Goat Impacts: 2014 Survey Report (2015).  PDF

Alpine Vegetation Impact Assessment of the Mt. Peale Research Natural Area: 2015 Survey Report.   PDF

 

Ecological Studies & Tools for conservation partnerS

A Literature Review of the Effects of Off-Road Vehicles on Desert Biota, with Emphasis on Utah BLM Lands (1999).  PDF

The Status of Utah's State-Listed Herpetofauna, and Implications of New Wilderness Designation within their Range (1999).  PDF

The Ecological Importance and Biological Uniqueness of the San Rafael Swell (2003).  PDF

The Heart of the West Conservation Plan (2004).  PDF

The Ecological Importance of the White Wash Sand Dunes, UT, and the Effects of Off-Road Vehicles on this System (2005).  PDF

Jones, A., Daly, K., Molvar., E. and J. Catlin.  2006. Conservation Planning and assessment of irreplaceability and vulnerability of conservation sites in the Heart of the West region, Middle Rockies.  Journal of Conservation Planning 2: 34-52.  JOURNAL URL

Conservation planning and assessment of biological resources and ecological importance of the greater Canyonlands Area (2012).  PDF

Mechanical treatment of pinyon-juniper and sagebrush systems in the intermountain West: a review of the literature (2013).  PDF

Central Colorado Plateau Conservation Analysis (2013, updated in 2015) and Mapbook.   REPORT   MAPBOOK

Special Status Plant Occurrences on the La Sals and Mountain Goat Impacts: 2014 Survey Report (2014). PDF

The Biological Resources and Ecological Importance of the Labyrinth Canyon Area, and the Need for Protection (2015).  PDF

Rogers, P.C., Jones, A., Catlin, J.   2015. Quaking Aspen at the Residential-Wildland Interface: Sustained Elk Herbivory Hinders Forest Conservation. Natural Areas Journal 35: 416-427.  JOURNAL URL

Impacts of non-native mountain goats in introduction areas of the West: a review of the literature (2015) PDF

Alpine Vegetation Impact Assessment of the Mt. Peale Research Natural Area: 2015 Survey Report.  PDF