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Get down and dirty to help deer

We need volunteers across the state to help Utah's wildlife.

Are you willing to get your hands dirty to help deer in Utah?

If so, you're exactly the type of person Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are looking for.

This spring, wildlife biologists will do on-the-ground projects to help mule deer and other wildlife across Utah.

Volunteers
Building structures that allow deer to escape from highways is among the projects volunteers have helped with in the past.

Photo by Lynn Chamberlain

And they need your help.

"The work can be somewhat strenuous," says Blaine Cox, the DWR's volunteer coordinator in southwestern Utah. "But it's very rewarding to stand back at the end of the day and see what you've accomplished."

You can help on a variety of projects. For example, in past years, volunteers have helped thin pinion and juniper trees. They've also built structures that allow deer and elk to escape from a highway if they find themselves too close to a road.

There are several ways to learn about projects and to sign up to help:

Projects across Utah

At http://go.usa.gov/4on, you'll find a list of volunteer projects across Utah.

When you arrive at the web page, you'll see that the projects are divided into categories. Just click on the category you're interested in, and a list of all of the projects in that category will pop up.

The list is updated as new projects are added.

You do NOT need to be part of the Dedicated Hunter program to volunteer.

Southwestern and south-central Utah

If you're interested in volunteering for a project in south-central or southwestern Utah, there are two ways — in addition to http://go.usa.gov/4on — that you can learn more about the projects:

  • Call Blaine Cox at (435) 865-6100 or visit him at the DWR office at 1470 N. Airport Road in Cedar City.
     
    Cox maintains a list of projects that are in the works. He'd also be happy to help you complete the form you need to complete to volunteer for a DWR project.
     
  • You can visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: Southern Region Dedicated Hunter page on Facebook.
     
    Lynn Chamberlain, regional conservation outreach manager with the DWR, says the page provides information about volunteering for the DWR.
     
    "You'll also find projects listed that may not have made it to the division's website yet," Chamberlain says. "Feel free to look around while you're there and get a feel for the action the DWR is taking to help the herds."

Finally, if you have a project in mind that you think would help deer in southwestern Utah, you can fill out a project proposal form and submit it for review. The forms are available at the DWR's office in Cedar City and at the DWR's new field station at Quail Creek Reservoir northwest of Hurricane.

Biologists will review the form after you've completed it. The biologists will use DWR guidelines to rate your idea on their project list.

For more information, call the nearest DWR office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

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