Safari Club International Utah Chapter
 

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In conjunction with the Utah Department of Wildlife we’d like to inform our members and fellow hunters of the projects we have chose to fund.  Any questions or comments we’d love to hear from you.  contact@safariclubutah.org

 
  • Salt Creek Turkey Winter Forage Improvement: Improve winter forage opportunities for Turkey within public lands in the Salt Creek drainage (Nebo Unit) in order to avoid supplemental feeding and depredation issues, by establishing natural winter forage plants through seeding and transplants.

             Salt Creek Canyon in Juab County. Township 12S Range 2E, throughout most sections in the township and range.

 
  • Moab Guzzler Restoration/Installation Project: The Moab BLM and the Price UDWR has an on-going project restoring wildlife water developments in the Moab FO that were built 20 to 30 years ago and continuing to install new developments.

            Throughout the Moab Field Office in areas of the Cisco Desert, Hatch Point and the Potash/Schafer Basin/Big Flat areas

 
  • Roughneck Vegetation Restoration: The proposed action is the mechanical treatments of, but not limited to, approximately 6,140 acres. The funding from WRI would be used for survey work for specialist project impact analysis, as well as for completion of the NEPA document.

            The Roughneck project analysis area is located approximately 15 miles south of Mountain View, Wyoming on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  It is located entirely on the Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District in Uinta County, Wyoming and Summit County.

 
  • Bare Top Guzzlers Phase II:  Replacement of two wildlife guzzlers on Bare Top Mountain to benefit bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and pronghorn.  The project will target two old guzzlers with maintenance needs that warrant complete replacement with modern guzzler designs.

Guzzlers are located on Bare Top Mountain in Daggett County, Utah.

 
  • Big Wash Guzzlers:  Install two guzzler tanks and aprons in the Big Wash area of the Ninemile-Anthro WMU. The guzzler installation seeks to provide a water source in an area where numerous pinyon and juniper management projects have been completed.

The project is located in the Ninemile-Anthro WMU, southwest of Myton, Duchesne County, Utah.  The guzzlers will be located approximately 2 miles east of the Wells Draw Road at the summit of Gate Canyon.

 
  • East Sand Wash Winter Range Improvement:  Improve winter range for elk, deer, and sage grouse by using a scalper to seed 15 acres with the new Snowstorm forage kochia cultivar. Aerially seed 225 acres with Immigrant forage kochia to improve winter forage.

Tabby Mountain WMA, along Sand Wash, in Duchesne County, Utah.  Project 3 miles north of US HWY 40 and west of HWY 208.

 
  • Atchee Ridge Guzzler Project:  Install 4 wildlife guzzlers in pinyon and juniper treatment areas on Atchee Ridge in the Book Cliffs WMU.  Guzzlers will be installed in dry areas to increase water distribution throughout bullhog treatment areas.

Four guzzlers will be installed in the Atchee Ridge area.  One guzzler to be installed on Indian Springs Ridge, Augusi Ridge, Indian Springs North, and East Seep Canyon. Book Cliffs WMU, Uintah County, Utah.  20 miles southwest of Bonanza, Utah.

 
  • Mail Draw Water Development Project Phase II:  One shallow water well will be dug and cased with a solar powered water pump installed to pump water to a nearby trough. One spring will be developed and piped to a trough and a new pond and troughs. An excavator will be used to clean 11 existing ponds.

The project will occur on the Mail Draw WMA, which is located on Diamond Mountain.  The project area is 30 miles NE of Vernal, Utah in Uintah and Daggett Counties, Utah.

 
  • Little Creek WMA Guzzlers: Three new big game guzzlers constructed on Little Creek Ridge.

Little Creek WMA is located about 80 miles south of Vernal, Utah.

 
  • 2014 Zion Bighorn Sheep Transplant: In order to maintain population objectives, a transplant is proposed for the fall 2014.  Capture work is scheduled for 35 animals outside the park.  An additional 35 animals will be transplanted pending approval of the NPS park management plan. 

Capture work will focus on BLM lands on the Canaan Mnt and the Barracks.  If the NPS plan is approved, additional capture work will focus on sheep throughout the park.

  • Elk Movements Study FY15:  There is a growing need to better understand the movements of elk in Utah.  Results from this study will facilitate management and disease related decisions for elk in Utah.

Elk will be radio-collared in nearly every region.  There will be an increased focus on the Cache, Wasatch, and Manti units.

 
  • 2014 Nevada Desert Bighorn Sheep Transplant:  The state of Nevada will provide 50 desert bighorn sheep which will be transplanted to the Kaiparowits DBHS unit.  Project will cover costs associated with captures, collars, disease testing, and aerial transport to release site. 

Source population is likely Muddy Mountains in NV.  Transplant site is likely on the Escalante subunit of the Kaiparowits.  Aerial transport is required due to the remote nature of the Escalante subunit.

 
  • 2014 Newfoundland Bighorn Sheep Transplant:  Transplant up to 50 bighorn sheep to meet population management objectives.

Sheep will be captured on the Newfoundland Mountains in the NR and transplanted to the Oak Creek Mountains in the SR.

 
  • East Boulder Capitol Reef Bighorn Sheep Survey:  Perform an aerial survey of the bighorn sheep habitat that  exists in the northern portion of the Kaiparowits, Escalante subunit north into Box Death Wilderness on the Boulder, and north along the eastern portion of the Boulder and 1000 Lakes WMU’s.

East Boulder and 1000 Lakes WMUs and the northern portion of the Kaiparowits Escalante.

 
  • Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Transplant Trailer: Purchase a trailer and aluminum boxes to be used on bighorn and mtn. goat transplant projects.

Statewide

 
  • Deer Fawn/Adult Survival FY15:  DWR has been monitoring survival rates of adult does and fawns for the past 4 years.  This information has allowed us to better understand the status and trends in the deer populations.  We are proposing to continue this monitoring.

We have monitoring sites on the San Juan, Manti, Cache, Stanbury Mtns, Pine Valley, Monroe, and South Slope units.

 
  • FY15 Sage Grouse Initiative Biologists:  Placement of 2 wildlife biologists in Utah to specifically work on implementing NRCS farm bill programs (Sage Grouse Initiative) to conserve and protect sage-grouse populations through targeted, landscape-scale sage-grouse habitat conservation.

Biologists will be housed at NRCS field offices in Tremonton and Roosevelt.

 
  • Diamond Valley Wildlife Guzzler:  Construct a wildlife guzzler southeast of Diamond Valley in southern Utah. Water is a limited resource for wildlife on the Diamond Valley area; specifically for mule deer.

The Diamond Valley wildlife guzzler will be located approximately 1.6 miles southeast of Diamond Valley in Washington County Utah.

 
  • Beaver Dam Wildlife Guzzler:  Construct a wildlife guzzler in the Beaver Dam range in southern Utah. Water is a limited resource for wildlife on the Beaver Dam range; particularly for Desert Big Horn Sheep on the Pine Valley Unit. 

The Beaver Dam wildlife guzzler will be located off the northwest side of the Mountain Home Range; located approximately 14.5 miles west and north of Ivins, UT in Washington county.

 
  • Hwy 18 ROW PJ Removal:  Removal of tall trees and cover within Hwy 18 Right of Way to increase visibility for drivers and decrease cover for wildlife in attempt to reduce Wildlife Vehicle Collisions in known hot spots.

Hwy 18 corridor between Diamond Valley and Enterprise.

 
  • North Fillmore WMA Chaining and Pipeline Project:    Project will consist of a two-way chaining within the North Fillmore WMA, also install a new pipeline consisting of HDPE SR-9 pipe and two watering troughs.  This project site has late phase II  early phase III pinyon-juniper that needs to be reduced.

Project is located in Millard County, northeast of Holden UT, on the Pahvant WMU at the mouth of Ebbs Canyon.  Project site is located in lower shrubsteppe communities with encroaching Pinyon-Juniper present. T19 south R3 west Sections 16, and 17.

  • Sandledges Chaining Project Phase II:  This project will consist of removing existing pinyon-juniper trees in a older chaining site that have encroached on the site due to past chaining only being a one way.  Understory is in fair condition, aerial seeding will be done between passes.   

Project is located north of Hwy 24 and the Sandledges Recreation turnoff, and east of Richfield approx. 15 miles.  T 24 S R 1 W Sec. 23, 24, 25. and T 24 S R 1 E Sec. 19, 30.

 
  • Sandledges Lop and Scatter Project Phase III:  This project will consist of the removal of pinyon and  juniper trees within the the Sandledges area. Project sites will include areas north and south of the Sandledges Recreation area. This project will be done with a lop and scatter hand crew.

Project is located north and south of Hwy 24 and the Sandledges Recreation turnoff, and east of Richfield approx. 15 miles.  T 24S R1 W Sec. 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 25, 26 and 27. and T 23S R1 W Sec. 34, 35.

 
  • Loafers Canyon Project Phase II:  Project consists of two-way chaining pinyon and juniper trees, one-way chain older sagebrush stand to reduce fuel loads, improve critical wildlife habitat, improve rangeland and watershed health, increase understory of grasses, forbs and shrub species.

Project is located on the east side of the Phavant Management Unit and northwest of the Maple Grove road. This project will take place on private property.  T 20 South R 2 West Section 9, 16, and 21.

 
  • Parowan Front (Cottonwood and Summit) Chaining Maintenance Project:  Improve winter range for mule deer and elk in existing chained areas that are in need of maintenance.

Northwest corner of the Cedar City Ranger District between Paragonah and Highway 20.  Summit Wildlife Management Area between Cedar City and Parowan.

 
  • Upper Kanab Creek Bald Knoll – Phase 3:  Over the past two years, BLM and private landowners have worked to remove encroaching pinyon/juniper from sage/steppe habitat and important sage grouse winter/summer/brood-rearing habitat. This project builds on those efforts, by removing pinyon/juniper.

Kane County, Utah – at the head of Johnson Canyon, Skutumpah Terrace.

This area contiains the southernmost population of sage grouse in the western United States.

 
  • Yellowjacket (Cave Lakes):  Improve 2,000 acres (see map) of winter mule deer habitat and reduce hazardous fuels near Cave Lakes and Best Friends Subdivisions near Kanab, Utah by mechanically mulching and seeding areas of PJ encroachment.

Yellowjacket (Cave Lakes) project is located 10 miles north of Kanab, Utah and 2 miles west of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary within the Lower Kanab Creek Watershed.

 
  • South Beaver Buckskin Valley:  Improve approx. 2500 acres of mule deer habitat and greater sage grouse habitat by mechanically mulching about 770 acres, and hand thinning about 1650 acres. Approx. 950 acres would need to be seeded.

One area is south of Beaver east of I-15 and north of Muley Point.  The other area is in Buckskin Valley just north and south of hwy 20.

 
  • South Canyon Lop and Scatter:  Lop and Scatter approximately 5000 acres  in the South Canyon area, located southwest of Panguitch Utah. The area is composed of sagebrush steppe acres. Lop and Scatter is required to remove small encroaching PJ

South Canyon is located approximately 5 miles SouthWest of Panguitch, UT

 
  • New Harmony/Central Fuelbreak Improvement Phase II:  The Pine Valley Ranger District is in the process of improving existing fuelbreaks around the communities of New Harmony and Central Utah. The proposed project will include seeding approximately 1,939 acres (Phase II).  

This project is located on the Pine Valley Ranger District. Legal Descriptions: New Harmony-T38S, R13W, Sec. 4, 8, 9, 17, 20, 27-29, 34; T39S. R13W. Sec. 2. Central- T39S, R16W, Sec. 2, 3, 4, 9.

 
  • Ford Ridge Fuels Reduction and Vegetation Restoration Project-Phase I:  The Fuels Program for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country Fire Zone (CYFZ) and Price Field Office propose to implement a hazardous fuels reduction/habitat restoration/forest health project within an approximately 2,000 acres project area.

This project includes the Ford Creek/Diamanti Canyon area located eight miles northwest of Helper.  The project area is located within a WRI focus area and is adjacent to previously completed BLM fuels reduction and restoration projects.

 
  • Swasey Wildlife Habitat Improvement and Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project Phase V:  Project would be a continuation of previous mechanical fuels reduction treatments including work with skidsteer tractors equipped with mastication attachments as well as chainsaw cutting on 629 acres of the 6,100 acre project area.

The Swasey area is in the eastern portion of the Ferron/Price Ranger District and is bordered by the Reeder subdivision on the north end, Sportsman’s subdivision on the east side, and surrounds the Swasey subdivision to the southwest.

 
  • South Bookcliffs Vegetation Improvement Phase II: This is a big game winter range improvement project north of east of Green River, UT in the Floy area of the bookcliffs. There will 642 acres of pinyon and juniper lopped and scattered as well as 659 acres of pinyon and juniper bullhogged.

Approx. 12 miles east of Green River, UT in the Floy area of the Bookcliffs.

 
  • West Grouse Creek Bullhog Phase 3: This is a joint BLM/UDWR project to improve 950 acres of sagebrush habitat by thinning juniper and seeding with desirable perennial species.  This is the third phase of a multi-phase project in the Etna area.

Two miles west of the town of Grouse Creek in Box Elder County.

 
  • Park Valley PJ Treatment Project Phase 1:  This project is a collaborative effort between the BLM, DWR, and NRCS to treat PJ in the vicinity of Park Valley, UT. It will be a combination of new treatments and maintenance of old treatments on Federal, State, and private land.

The project location includes sections located in (Township 13N Range 12W), (Township 13N Range 13W), (Township 13N Range 14W).

 
  • Dry Basin:  Removal of encroaching junipers to protect and enhance an important sage grouse leking area.

Located in Dry Basin which is approximately 30 miles SW of park Valley, UT.  Near the Rosebud field station and the Muddy Ranch.

  • Cart Creek Watershed Integrated Vegetation Restoration Project:  This project includes 6 types of vegetation treatments totaling approximately 1,482 terrestrial acres.  The treatments include pre-commercial thinning of young lodgepole pine stands and conifer removal from riparian and sagebrush vegetation.

The proposal area is in the Vernal Ranger District on the Ashley National Forest.  The treatments are in the Forest’s Cart Creek Priority Watershed approximately 20 miles north of Vernal, UT.

 
  • Birch Creek Pinyon and Juniper Removal:  Complete a bullhog mastication and seeding project on 300 acres of pinyon and juniper to increase grass and browse cover on crucial big game winter range.

Project located in Browns Park, Daggett County, Utah.  Area is within the North Slope-Three Corners WMU and north of the Green River.  The treatment area is east of Willow Creek at the mouth of Birch Creek Canyon.

 
  • Diamond Rim Mastication:  Bullhog encroaching Pinyon-Junipers that are actively competing with the sagebrush, grasses, and forbs.

Diamond Mountain Rim,just north of Vernal in Uintah County.

 
  • Big Wash Mastication:  Improve 584 acres of deer, elk and sage grouse winter range habitat through removal of P-J trees that have encroached into Wyoming sagebrush habitat.

Project is located in the Big Wash Chaining area at the top of Gate Canyon, which is about 45 miles southwest of Myton, Utah.

 
  • Upper Anthro Lop and Scatter Project (Phase 2):  This project will include lop and scatter of encroaching conifers on approximately 1,272 acres of sagebrush and mountain brush communities on Jeep Trail and Nutters Ridge areas of Anthro Mountain.   The project is designed to improve wildlife habitat. 

Anthro Mountain in Duchesne County, southeast of the town of Duchesne.

 
  • Five Mile Slashing:  Improve 1150 acres of deer, elk and potential sage grouse winter range habitat through a lop and scatter of P-J trees that have encroached into Wyoming sagebrush habitat.

Project is located in the Five Mile Chaining area at the top of Gate Canyon, and to the west of Big Wash. The project area is approximately 45 miles southwest of Myton, Utah.

  • Little Mountain Bullhog:  This is the 3rd phase of the Onaqui East Bench Sagebrush Enhancement project designed to improve sagebrush habitat by thinning encroaching juniper and seeding where necessary.  1,050 Acres will be treated in this phase.

The project is located on the east bench of the southern part fo the Onaqui Mountains just north of Lookout Pass.

 
  • East Tintic Bullhog Phase 3:  This is the third phase of a multi-phase project to improve sagebrush habitat by thinning pinyon and juniper on the south and west side of the East Tintic Mountains.  Approximately, 1,071 acres will be treated in this phase.

This project is located on the west side of the East Tintic Mountains approximately 3 mile east of the town of Lofgreen.

 
  • Otter Creek Aspen Regeneration Phase 2:  Use fire to stimulate aspen regeneration in isolated pockets of aspen that are heavily encroached by conifers.  A total of 11 stands averaging 8 acres in size will be treated (total acres = 88).

10 miles west of the town of Randolph in Rich County, Utah.

 
  • Antelope Valley Habitat Restoration:   Improve 1393 acres of mule deer winter range by hand cutting pinyon and juniper trees encroaching into a previously chained area and seeding 3 shrub islands. Increase water storage capacity across the area by cleaning out and sealing 3 storage ponds.

Project is located NE of Fayette in Antelope Valley.

 
  • West Vernon Phase 4:  Red Pine Canyon:  This project consists of approximately 294 acres of Juniper Mastication and 1,860 acres of Juniper Lop and Scatter.  These treatments are to benefit Sage Grouse and Mule Deer.

Near Red Pine Canyon southwest of the Town of Vernon, Utah in  Tooele County.

 
  • Dugout Flat Reseeding:  Improve range conditions on 325 acres of deer transitional and yearlong bison range.

20 miles east of the Notom Road and Sandy Ranch Junction on the Bullcreek Scenic Byway.

 
  • Beef Basin Phase I:  Phase I of the Beef Basin Sagebrush Resoration will begin in South Plain, which is approximately 1,292 acres.  Phase I will consist of burning, seeding, spraying and planting sagebrush seedlings.

Beef Basin is 65 miles west of Monticello, Utah.  It is bordered by Canyonlands National Park to the north, The Colorado River to the west, Dark Canyon on the South and the Manti LaSal National Forest on the east.

 
  • Saddle Creek Sage Brush Treatment (Phase II):  The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest proposes to treat approximately 600 acres of sage brush in the Saddle Creek Drainage. This action is needed to improve vegetation structure and pattern of sagebrush.  This is the second phase of this project.

The project area is located in the Saddle Creek drainage in the headwaters of the Blacksmith Fork southeast of Logan, Utah.  It lies in the Elk Valley generally west of Saddle Creek and east of the Elk Valley Guard Station.