Utah Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
Summaries of top ten key habitats — PDF format
- Lowland Riparian Habitat
- Mountain Riparian Habitat
- Mountain Shrub Habitat
- Flowing-water Habitat
- Wet Meadows
- Standing-water Habitat
- Aspen Forest
State Wildlife Grants — Over the past three years, State Wildlife Grant (SWG) programs have served as the nation's core effort to prevent fish and wildlife from needing protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This proactive endeavor attempts to resolve species and their associated habitat conservation issues before the species are designated as federally threatened or endangered, thus tying up land use potentials.
What are State Wildlife Grants? — Essentially, federal SWGs fund programs that are a kind of preventive medicine for avoiding the ESA listing of species at risk. SWG-funded programs are based on the cooperation of partners from the public and private sectors through voluntary collaborative efforts that bring about mutually desirable, effective projects focused on fish and wildlife species as well as habitats of greatest conservation need. SWG funds must be matched with state or private money.
Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies — In order for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to obtain these State Wildlife Grant funds for conserving Utah's highest priority species and habitats (see summaries of top ten key habitats, above), it needed to submit a written Strategy (or CWCS) to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 1, 2005.
Utah's Strategy (accepted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Acceptance Advisory Team, and approved by the USFWS Director on Sept. 9, 2005) will help sustain and enhance the ecological, social and economic viability of communities — ensuring a better quality of life for all.
Conservation Programs for Private Lands ( PDF format) — This document is a compilation of the major programs in Utah that provide opportunities for landowners to conduct conservation work on private land. Each program summary answers the same set of questions, so that it is easier to compare opportunities in specific ways; for example, whether or not the program provides follow‐up funding for species monitoring.