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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