Wildlife Policy Program
Wild Utah Project assembles, delivers, and advocates for the best available and up-to-date science to effectively inform and influence policy and management decisions in Utah.
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 about improvements in livestock grazing decisions on the ground from the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to Rich County, Utah.
Wild Utah Project has a long history, with other key 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.
Wild Utah Project has a long history of working to affect policy that would influence management for Utah populations of sage-grouse, and management of sage-grouse habitat by the U.S Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. This ranges from serving on local Sage-grouse Working Groups, to helping to write and implement the State's sage-grouse management plan, to trying to affect the outcome and implementation of the federal (USFS & BLM) Land Use Plan Amendments that were recently put in place to improve federal sagebrush habitat management to bolster populations of the species.
See our library page and scroll to the bottom (to "Studies and Tools for Conservation Partners") for many examples of our work to help our partners work for better wildlife and wildland management and policy, ranging from 'Citizen Alternatives' for land and wildlife management plan revisions, to status reviews and literature reviews for imperiled species and uniquely sensitive habitats that our partners are working to protect.