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Volunteers and Dedicated Hunters

Tabby Mountain pinyon/juniper removal

Starting on May 27, 2014

At Beer Spring Unnamed Road, Tabiona, UT 84072, USA

ronstewart@utah.gov

Categories: All projects , Habitat

This year, our Tabby Mountain pinion/juniper removal project is at a new site on the west side of the Wildlife Management Area. The goal of the project is to remove the young Pinyon and Juniper (P/J) trees that are encroaching into preferred elk and deer foraging areas.

The Tabby Mountain foothills are a critical wintering area for elk, deer, sagegrouse and other wildlife. Over the years, there has been a considerable amount of habitat work done to enhance this area, but the P/J trees are rapidly invading the old chainings and areas with sagebrush and other plants that the animals need during the winter to survive.

To protect the forage on these winter ranges, we are asking Dedicated hunters and other volunteers to help the rehabilitation of Rabbit Gulch, Trail Hollow and the upper and lower Santaquin Draw chainings.

The new site is roughly five miles north of Fruitland and is mostly a sagebrush flat with interspersed Pinion/Juniper forest. Volunteers will generally cut all of the trees out of the sagebrush areas that are within the designated area, but still leave half of the pinyon pines in the thicker stands of trees. However, if you find an old really old (monarch)tree, just leave it and focus on the younger trees. Trees along the access routes that are encroaching on the road close enough to scratch vehicles may be cut. The perimeter has been flagged with pink and black striped flagging.

To Receive Dedicated Hunter Credit:

1) Prior to going in the field, pick up a 2014 timesheet/volunteer agreement at one of the Division offices, fill in your Name and Job Description (Tabby Mountain PJ removal project), sign the agreement and then have a Division employee sign the DWR authorizing signature line. You are your own project leader on the form. One individual may pick up agreements for everyone who will be involved (including youth over 12).

2) After obtaining and signing the timesheets, you may go out at your convenience and begin the project service.

3) With each day, using the timesheet, record date(s) of service, travel time, actual work time at the site, and the mileage. Dedicated Hunters typically are not allowed to be given credit for travel time or mileage, but an exception is made for this project, so it is important to be clear about the time spent driving from home to the project site and the driving that occurs on the project. Some credit for drive/travel time to arrive at the project site will be permitted for everyone in the car, but this project does not credit expense of fuel, equipment costs, or mileage. Credit for commuting cannot exceed work time, nor will commute time on consecutive dates be given credit. The most productive method to gain hours on this project is to plan to stay overnight rather than trying to commute.

4)Because you are your own project leader, you will need to verify your work by taking several photos the area you are working on before and after the work. Please take them from the same location so that it is easy to see the difference that you made. Photos can be mailed or emailed (by converting to small image files) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

5) You may earn as many hours as you would like on this project, but remember that the hours are only valid for your current 3 year enrollment and can't be extended into a separate 3 year term. You may only claim hours that you perform and cannot claim any time from family or friends that are there helping.

6) Send the original timesheets, photos and information showing the particular portion of the area that you worked on to:

Utah Wildlife Resources, Attn: Ron Stewart
318 North Vernal Avenue
Vernal, Utah 84078.

After the original timesheets and documentation are received by DWR, allow up to 2 weeks for your service time to be entered into the system.

Additional notes/rules:
1) Vehicles are restricted to the main existing roads. Please park along the road itself, do not drive off or follow the small two-tracks. Do not take 4-wheelers or other off-road vehicles off the existing (main) roads. This area is a critical winter range and the fewer roads the better. Off road travel damages the habitat that you are trying to preserve.

2)Cut only the pinyon and juniper. The other types of trees and bushes are to remain undamaged. A chainsaw is recommended but not required. An axe, Pulaski (ax/flat pick combo), handsaw, clippers or shovel may make removing the smaller trees and branches easier. Spare blades and possibly an extra saw are also recommended. If you do not have an axe or chainsaw, you may still participate. Often other tree cutters miss a green branch while cutting. Someone trailing along behind or scouting through areas where others have cut with a tree shear or small saw can make a valuable contribution by cutting off these branches.

3) Cut trees within two inches of the ground and remove all limbs and pine needles below the cut. If any branches, needles or anything green is left on the stump, the tree will regrow.

5) Leave the trees where they fall; small trees can be left whole. For larger trees, de-limb the trunk [cut off the branches] and cut the branches into three-foot sections. The trunk can remain whole.

6) Take as many safety precautions as you can while cutting such as using quality safety gear, eye wear, gloves, heavy boots, chainsaw chaps, etc. That includes drinking water regularly to avoid dehydration. Also, do not go solo; take a first aid kit and along someone who can be there in case of an emergency. Whenever you venture outdoors, make a plan and stick to it. Tell someone where you are going, when you will return and leave maps if you can. If you have a cell phone, bring it. Planning and leaving the information with someone will increase your chances of being found by giving search and rescue crews the correct place to look.

7) Pack it in; pack it out. Please take your litter home and leave the area better than you found it.

8)There are no organized campgrounds or camping areas in this area. Our recommendation would be to stay at Starvation Reservoir, which has a State Park with a camping area, boat ramp and water. It also has some excellent walleye, bass, perch and trout fishing.

Driving Instructions: To get to the site from Highway 40, turn north at milepost 62 across from the Big G store and travel toward Red Creek Reservoir roughly 4.25 miles. Take a sharp right at the Tabby Mt. WMA entrance and drive uphill. Follow the road east and then north about .85 miles to Beer Springs. The dirt road continues through the cutting area. Park along the road and walk in to avoid damaging the winter range we are trying to enhance.

Map - the USGS Duchesne 1:100,000 map is useful to reach the site and shows the entire area.







2014-05-27 00:00:00
2014-12-31 09:49:10

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