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Your dollars being spent on habitat in Utah County

Using money raised from banquets and raffles we have taken on a five year project on public land in Utah County.

On an abandoned eighty-seven acre irrigated farm in the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve, we have started a five-year project to create ideal pheasant habitat.

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.

The Commission entered into an agreement in 1996 with The Nature Conservancy, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for acquisition and management at the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve. The Preserve consists of two units: Goshen Bay and Benjamin Slough.

The core of the Goshen Bay unit has been the priority acquisition area. Core properties tie into properties owned by other state and federal agencies that were cooperators during the development of the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve Plan. The Preserve contains about 21,750 acres. About 14,195 acres are under the management of project cooperators (Mitigation Commission: 5,526 acres; Bureau of Land Management: 4,150 acres; State of Utah: 4,500 acres; and Utah County: 19 acres). The rest is privately owned.

The project started in July 2020. In the first year, we have consulted with PF biologists and the local farming community on the best course of action to take.

2020 Scope of work

  • Clean up the wooded area around the old farmhouse.
  • Test soil in the Food crop area and add required nutrients
  • Provide seed to plant additional food plots and pollinator areas
  • Plant trees, forbs, and bushes along irrigation ditches
  • Repair Fencing running north from farmhouse to protect tree planting in that area
  • Do live trapping to remove predators, Skunks, and Racoons

With the help of PF Chapter volunteers, dedicated hunters, local farmers, and the Utah DWR we have been able to accomplish a lot in the first summer. The fence is repaired, 8 acres of wheat is planted and 37 acres of the farm have been fertilized. We have trapped many raccoons and skunks, cleaned out irrigation ditches, and removed trees.

2021 Scope of work

  • Repair irrigation headgates in two areas to improve watering efficiency.
  • Put up a fence on the west edge of the enclosure
  • Continue cleaning up tree areas, remove Russian olive trees from along all irrigation ditches.
  • Plant crabapple trees along the west boundary
  • Plant large buffalo berry bushes for quail habitat.
  • Plant corn on the North end of the grain field (experiment)
  • Clean up and fertilize the plum thicket, apple trees, golden currant bushes, and wild rose bushes.
  • Introduce cattail seed along the drain going north
  • Hand seed a pollinator seed mix* next to the grain field
  • Do live trapping to remove predators, Skunks, and Racoons
  • Improve road access to grain field and hayfield to allow better access by modern farm equipment.
  • Harvest wheat crop and again spray the area for weeds, depending on our success the field will be planted with another crop of wheat in the fall or PF Food Plot seed mix in the spring.
  • Do soil analysis and fertilize the hayfield and crop field again.

 

  • UT PF CRP CP42 Pollinator Mix. Diverse 19 species mix including at least three flowering species from each of the three bloom periods (spring, summer, and fall). Updated 2021. Includes (PLS#s/ac): Alfalfa (VNS) (1), Yellow Beeeflower (0.11), Rocky Mountain Beeplant (0.17), Blanket Flower (0.35), Blue Flax (0.2), Globemallow (0.04), Cicer Milkvetch (0.4), Showy Milkweed (0.15), Palmer’s Penstemon (0.04), White Prairie Clover (0.1), Sainfoin (2.38), Small burnet (3.12), Annual Sunflower (0.24), Maximillian Sunflower (0.35), Yellow Sweetclover (0.4), Utah sweetvetch (0.06), Yarrow (0.03), Sandberg Bluegrass (0.3), Bluebunch Wheatgrass (0.8).
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