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Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative Project

For every pledge you make to Utah Public Radio, one pound of native and/or drought-tolerant seed will go to restore Utah rangelands for wildlife. Become a member and help with these projects. Here's the project details that can be possible with your help:

1. Central Region

A. Pigeon Hollow, 5 miles north of Ephraim in Sanpete County: Reseed approximately 112 acres of cheatgrass dominated land.

B. Government Creek Greater Sage Grouse Habitat Improvement in Tooele and Juab Counties: Expand and improve sagebrush habitat 5 miles south of the Pony Express Road.

2. Southern Region 

A. Hamlin Valley Habitat Restoration Project - Sagebrush Restoration for Greater Sage Grouse, north of Modena in Iron County

B. Water Quality and Fisheries Improvement on the Upper Sevier River near Hatch in Garfield, County, near Bryce Canyon National Park. Seek to improve water quality and increase abundance and diversity of fish and wildlife using stream improvement techniques, including planting and seeding of the riparian corridor.


3. Northern Region

A. Mountain Meadow Sage Grouse and Mule Deer Improvement, north side of Raft River Mountains near the Idaho border:  Improve 528 acres of greater sage grouse nesting and brood rearing, and critical mule deer winter habitat by removing encroaching junipers, and seeding grasses, forbs and shrubs.


4. Northeastern Region 

A. Meadow Creek Stream and Riparian Restoration straddling the Uintah/Grand County Line in the Bookcliffs area. Enhancement of water quality for the Colorado River Cutthroat Trout fishery including improvement of riparian vegetation and streambank erosion.

B. Wolf Den Fire, Weed Control and Restoration Project in the Bookcliffs area. Seeding 250 acres of mountain shrub habitat within the footprint of the Wolf Den fire.

5. Southeastern Region

A. Courthouse Wash Interagency Restoration Initiative just north of Moab: A continuation of riparian restoration efforts within the Courthouse Wash watershed with the removal of invasive species such as tamarisk and Russian olive.


B. Porphyry Bench Sagebrush Planting west of Price: Planting 10,000 sagebrush bare-root plants and seeding of 65 acres of sagebrush near the Gordon Creek Wildlife Management Area where much of the sagebrush has died from drought and over-grazing.