Monitor, evaluate and report range trend at designated key areas throughout the state, and inform Division biologists, public land managers and private landowners of significant changes in plant community composition in these areas.
Range trend studies in each region are resurveyed every five years, and vegetation condition and trend assessments will be made for key areas. DWR biologists, land management personnel from the USFS and BLM, and private landowners will use the range trend database to evaluate the impact of land management programs on big game habitat. Special studies (habitat project monitoring and big game/livestock forage utilization studies) will give DWR biologists and public land managers additional information to address local resource management problems. Annual reports will be readily available in hard copies from DWR regional offices, BLM and USFS offices and public libraries. Range trend data is also be available on the Division's web site.
Studies monitoring range trend depend greatly on site selection, especially when dealing with large geographic areas such as wildlife management units. Since it is impossible to intensively monitor all vegetation or habitat types within a unit, it is necessary to concentrate on specific sites and/or "key" areas within distinct plant communities on big game ranges.
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The Division's Range Trend Program is primarily funded by Pittman-Robertson federal aid dollars through Federal Aid Grant W-82-R, Wildlife Habitat Monitoring/ Range Trend Studies. In addition, several state and federal agencies act as funding cooperators to the project. These are the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.
The Range Trend project hires seasonal wildlife technicians to conduct field work every year. These positions are usually advertised in January and filled by mid-March. You can see a list of currently available seasonal positions at the Utah Department of Natural Resources website or contact the project leader or an assistant project leader at the phone number below.