Habitat Projects of the Great Salt Lake Pheasants Forever Chapter

Utah Lake, in Central Utah, is the largest naturally occurring freshwater lake in the western United States. Its wetlands have long been recognized locally and nationally for their critical importance to fish and wildlife resources. The Utah Lake wetland ecosystem is important as a breeding area and stopover for many migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway. Approximately 226 species of birds are known to use Utah Lake wetlands, as well as 49 mammalian species, 16 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 18 species of fish. Utah Lake also provides feeding areas for birds nesting on the Great Salt Lake.

The Utah Lake Wetland Preserve, a network of wetland and interspersed upland habitats near the southern end of Utah Lake, is being established to partially mitigate for past and anticipated future impacts of Central Utah Project water development. The Preserve will provide habitat for wetland- and upland-dependent species and will ultimately be managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

In conjunction with the DWR we provide seed to plant food plots on the preserve for the resident pheasant population, this is an ongoing project now in its 5th year. The grain is harvested, bailed, and placed in tree rows for winter feed.

Food Plot

Goshen “Pheasant Factory”

Our newest project is a five-year commitment to creating a showcase example of a pheasant habitat on 87 acres of irrigated farm in the Utah Lake Wetlands Preserve. In coordination with the DWR and other partners, we are working to transform this abandoned farm back to its glory days as a “pheasant factory”.

Over the years we have been involved in willow plantings, tree watering projects, and many other volunteer activities to support upland bird habitat in Utah.