Starting on May 27, 2014
At Beer Spring
Unnamed Road, Tabiona, UT 84072, USA
Categories: All projects , Habitat
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:
Utah Wildlife Resources, Attn: Ron Stewart
318 North Vernal Avenue
Vernal, Utah 84078.
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.
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.