Posted April 20, 2012, 10:39 am
Conservation permit program provides the funding
Salt Lake City — Utah's wildlife received a $1.3 million gift recently. The gift came courtesy of Utah's conservation permit program. Here's how the program works:
Bighorn sheep transplants are one of many projects that have received funding through the conservation permit program.
Photo by Lynn Chamberlain
Seven groups received conservation permits in 2011: Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Utah Bowman's Association.
On April 11, representatives from the seven groups met with DWR biologists to decide which projects the money would be used to fund. A total of 66 projects received more than $1.3 million in funding.
Mike Canning, Habitat Section chief for the DWR, says allowing these groups to auction the permits is a windfall for Utah's wildlife. "The amount of money that ends up going into on-the-ground work to help wildlife across Utah is astounding," he says.
Canning gives some examples of how conservation permit funds are used:
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