BLM, other agencies plan rangeland restoration west of Cedar City

Group of mule deer bucks, location and date unspecified | Background Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

CEDAR CITY – Beginning Monday, the Bureau of Land Management-Utah Color Country District, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, in conjunction with Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, will begin a 2,000-acre vegetation improvement project on public and selected private lands located west of Cedar City, east of the Swett Hills, and north of Highway 56.

The project will improve watershed conditions, increase mule deer habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels for community wildfire protection. The project will consist of aerial seeding desired grasses and forbs, followed by removal of pinyon and juniper and some shrub understory. The project is scheduled to be completed December 2014.

This project is being supported and funded by a variety of private, state, and federal cooperators, including Mule Deer Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife,” BLM Natural Resource Specialist Vicki Tyler said. “Coordinating resources helps us to achieve multiple benefits, which may not be realized without our partners.

While the project is active, the agencies ask people to adhere to safety signs surrounding the treatment area.

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  • killjoy August 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    If the Pinyon and Juniper are being cleared out I would like to get the wood from them. Who would I contact?

  • Delong August 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I just got a permit from the local BLM office. It was $5. Can’t wait for this project to start. The mule deer hunting is always great after these projects are done.

  • crackyoback September 1, 2014 at 8:29 am

    makes hunting good, but getting a Christmas tree you really got to hunt for a good one after they do this

  • Lillith70 September 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Remember when they used to chain these trees and let the locals harvest them? they won’t change their policies until the people ask them to.

    People used to authoritarian churches do not have to transfer that to political enties. The authoritarians then over us are the environmentalists who used to put sugar into the tanks of the bulldozers to stop the BLM from chaining.

    What is the carbon footprint of these “restorations”? You will never know until you ask your representative governments to ask the feds. Write Gary Herbert, etc.

    If you do not, the day will come when fore places and wood stoves will not be allowed in the red rock country the environmentalists are taking over (and not to give back to the native Americans!!)

    Just a different kind of warfare. A different power to oppress the people.

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