Wildlife Policy Program

Wild Utah Project assembles, delivers, and advocates for the best available and up-to-date science to effectively inform wildlife and habitat policy and management decisions in Utah.

 
jpg of cover of Utah WAP here

Current Wildlife Action Plan

As a member of the state-wide planning and implementation development team for the Utah Wildlife Action Plan, we are striving to inform strategies and activities in the action plan in an effort to be as effective as possible in the conservation of all Utah's native species. 

 
Field tour with stakeholders on Monroe Mountain, where the collaborative working group is addressing grazing management to help recover struggling aspen stand

Field tour with stakeholders on Monroe Mountain, where the collaborative working group is addressing grazing management to help recover struggling aspen stand

GRazing Management

Wild Utah Project has a long history of working on livestock grazing related issues in Utah.  With a focus on Bureau of Land Management grazing management, and in partnership with many conservation organizations, we have worked to bring best available and up-to-date science to inform improvements in livestock grazing decisions on the ground from the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to Rich County, Utah.  

 
Photo by Howie Garber

Photo by Howie Garber

Large Predator Management 

Wild Utah Project works with partners such as Western Wildlife Conservancy, on informing conservation and management of wolves, cougars, and black bears.  We have served on Utah Division of Wildlife Resources working groups to write or rewrite management plans for large predators, spanning a period of the last 17 years. We also periodically testify in front of the Wildlife Board bringing the most up-to-date scientific literature and principles of conservation biology to discussions regarding management of these species. 

 

Sage-grouse Habitat Management

Wild Utah Project has a long history of working to inform policy and management of sage-grouse populations and their associated habitats using conservation science. Our efforts range from serving on local sage-grouse working groups, to authorship on portions of the State's sage-grouse management plan, to providing input on implementation of the federal (USFS & BLM) Land Use Plan Amendments recently established to improve management strategies for federal sagebrush habitat and the sage-grouse populations they support.

Photo by UDWR

Photo by UDWR

 
Field tour on the La Sal mountains where we are helping partners with the "scientific ammunition" needed to address the non-native mountain goats in the Research Natural Area (which by regulation is to be free of exotic species)

Field tour on the La Sal mountains where we are helping partners with the "scientific ammunition" needed to address the non-native mountain goats in the Research Natural Area (which by regulation is to be free of exotic species)

Conservation Partner Support 

See our library page and scroll to the bottom to Studies and Tools for Conservation Partners for many examples of our work supporting organizations working on wildlife and wildland management and policy. Examples of these efforts range from 'Citizen Alternatives' for land and wildlife management plan revisions, to status reviews and literature reviews for imperiled species and uniquely sensitive habitats.