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.

 
jpg of cover of Utah WAP here

new 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 the strategies and activities of the action plan to be as effective as possible for 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 Policy and 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 about 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 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. 

 

affecting sage-grouse/habitat management policy

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.

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)

helping our conservation partners affect conservation policy: 

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.