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Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative — Dec. 2010 Board Meeting

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Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative — Dec. 2010 Board Meeting

  1. 1. Utah’s Watershed RestorationUtah’s Watershed Restoration InitiativeInitiative Mule DeerMule Deer
  2. 2. Statewide Mule Deer PlanStatewide Mule Deer Plan • Habitat Objective 1: Maintain mule deer habitatHabitat Objective 1: Maintain mule deer habitat throughout the state by protecting and enhancingthroughout the state by protecting and enhancing existing crucial habitats and mitigating for losses due toexisting crucial habitats and mitigating for losses due to natural and human impacts.natural and human impacts. •Habitat Objective 2: Improve the quality and quantityHabitat Objective 2: Improve the quality and quantity of vegetation for mule deer on a minimum of 500,000of vegetation for mule deer on a minimum of 500,000 acres of crucial range by 2013.acres of crucial range by 2013.
  3. 3. What is Mule Deer HabitatWhat is Mule Deer Habitat Food - What do Mule Deer Eat?Food - What do Mule Deer Eat?  Summer Range/Transitional Range -Summer Range/Transitional Range - Succulent Grasses and Flowering Plants for Fawn Production, Growth and Survival  Winter Range -Winter Range - Shrubs, Particularly Sagebrush for Winter Survival Water – Mule Deer Rarely Travel far from WaterWater – Mule Deer Rarely Travel far from Water Cover - Ideal Mule Deer Habitat also Includes Thermal andCover - Ideal Mule Deer Habitat also Includes Thermal and Escape Cover with openings providing forage and feedingEscape Cover with openings providing forage and feeding areas.areas.
  4. 4. Mule Deer Habitat - ThreatsMule Deer Habitat - Threats • Loss and Degradation of Habitat Due to -Loss and Degradation of Habitat Due to - • Human Population Expansion/DevelopmentHuman Population Expansion/Development • Pinyon-Juniper Woodland ExpansionPinyon-Juniper Woodland Expansion • DroughtDrought • Catastrophic WildfireCatastrophic Wildfire • Invasive SpeciesInvasive Species • Conifer Expansion into AspenConifer Expansion into Aspen
  5. 5. UWRI BackgroundUWRI Background A Partnership Driven Effort to Conserve, Restore and ManageA Partnership Driven Effort to Conserve, Restore and Manage Ecosystems in Priority Areas Across the StateEcosystems in Priority Areas Across the State • Locally Led Teams Develop and Implement ProjectsLocally Led Teams Develop and Implement Projects Designed to Enhance Utah’sDesigned to Enhance Utah’s •Wildlife and Biological DiversityWildlife and Biological Diversity •Water Quality and Yield for all UsesWater Quality and Yield for all Uses •Opportunities for Sustainable UsesOpportunities for Sustainable Uses • Partners Include:Partners Include: USFS, BLM, SITLA, USFWS, NRCS, NPS,USFS, BLM, SITLA, USFWS, NRCS, NPS, UDAF, Farm Services Agency, Private Landowners, SportsmanUDAF, Farm Services Agency, Private Landowners, Sportsman Groups, Academia, Local Governments, Industry, Etc.Groups, Academia, Local Governments, Industry, Etc.
  6. 6. UWRIUWRI FocusFocus AreasAreas
  7. 7. Mule Deer HabitatMule Deer Habitat Restoration TechniquesRestoration Techniques Slow and/or Reverse Habitat ThreatsSlow and/or Reverse Habitat Threats
  8. 8. Dixie Harrow
  9. 9. Chain Harrow
  10. 10. Dixie Harrow
  11. 11. Lop and Scatter
  12. 12. Lop and Scatter
  13. 13. Lop and Scatter
  14. 14. Ely Chaining
  15. 15. Bullhog
  16. 16. Bullhog
  17. 17. Bullhog
  18. 18. Water Development
  19. 19. Fire Rehabilitation
  20. 20. NortheasternNortheastern RegionRegion Mule DeerMule Deer ProjectsProjects ’’05-’1005-’1085,96785,967 TotalTotal AcresAcres 11,379 3,445 19,752 28,387 1,615 2,060 1,850 10,029 7,450
  21. 21. Central RegionCentral Region Mule Deer ProjectsMule Deer Projects 46,26546,265 TotalTotal AcresAcres 4,972 7,518 10,595 1,384 20 1,178 10,173 121 3,857 4,283 2,164 ’’05-’1005-’10
  22. 22. SoutheasternSoutheastern RegionRegion Mule DeerMule Deer ProjectsProjects ‘‘05-’1005-’1038,20838,208 TotalTotal AcresAcres 7,805 94 10,577 654 500 2,516 8,227 2,279 5,556
  23. 23. Northern RegionNorthern Region Mule Deer ProjectsMule Deer Projects ‘‘05-’1005-’10 66,87466,874 TotalTotal AcresAcres58,296 85 6,794 199 1,140 230 75 55
  24. 24. SouthernSouthern RegionRegion Mule DeerMule Deer ProjectsProjects ‘‘05-’1005-’10 161,953161,953 TotalTotal AcresAcres 14,701 27,029 11,478 40,621 3,107 2,075 7,688 2,345 8,955 1,822 6,321 13,990 2,735 18,802 75 82 127
  25. 25. Results – 2005-2010Results – 2005-2010 • $63 Million Dollars Spent Statewide for Mule Deer$63 Million Dollars Spent Statewide for Mule Deer • 400,000+ Acres Treated Statewide for Mule Deer400,000+ Acres Treated Statewide for Mule Deer • 70+ Water Development Projects70+ Water Development Projects • It’s Not Just About Dollars and AcresIt’s Not Just About Dollars and Acres • DWR Has Taken a Leadership Role in UWRIDWR Has Taken a Leadership Role in UWRI • Resulting in Wildlife BenefitResulting in Wildlife Benefit
  26. 26. UWRI MonitoringUWRI Monitoring Wildlife Monitoring CrewWildlife Monitoring Crew Big Game ResponseBig Game Response Passerine BirdsPasserine Birds Small Mammal TrappingSmall Mammal Trapping Threatened and Endangered Species ResponseThreatened and Endangered Species Response Vegetation Monitoring CrewVegetation Monitoring Crew Measures Vegetative CompositionMeasures Vegetative Composition Seeding SuccessSeeding Success Browse CharacteristicsBrowse Characteristics Both Crews Compare Treated w/ Untreated SitesBoth Crews Compare Treated w/ Untreated Sites
  27. 27. http://wildlife.utah.gov/watersheds

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