Endangered Species Mitigation Fund
Species Protection Account (formerly Endangered Species Mitigation Fund) Species Protection Account (formerly Endangered Species Mitigation Fund)
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Species Protection Account

Protection, research, management and conservation

Utah's Species Protection Account — formerly the Endangered Species Mitigation Fund — has a mission to protect Utah's plant and animal species of greatest conservation need, as well as species recognized as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Species Protection Account funding is allocated for each Utah state government fiscal year (July 1–June 30). To apply for funding, submit your project proposal by close of business on the first Friday in January for work during the following fiscal year.

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The primary objective of the Species Protection Account is to direct funds toward the protection, conservation and recovery of federally listed species and species of greatest conservation need as identified in the Utah Wildlife Action Plan. Working with partners, our goal is to prevent additional species from being listed under the ESA, and work toward downlisting or delisting species already listed under the ESA.


Please contact Paul Thompson, DWR Species Protection Account administrator, if you have questions about the account or need assistance with project submissions.

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Want to learn more? Listen to the DWR "Wild" podcast!

In this episode, Paul Thompson and June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program Assistant Program Director Russ Franklin with the Central Utah Water Conservancy District talk about the Wildlife Action Plan and Species Protection Account, including how they work and some of the success stories of wildlife species that have been helped through these efforts. Note: At the time of this recording, the name of one of the programs mentioned was the Endangered Species Mitigation Fund. As of May 2024, the program has been renamed the Species Protection Account.

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