SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) recently gave $376,889 to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to pay for completed habitat projects in the state during 2011. There are some $60,000 worth of projects still pending. MDF raised this money through the sale of Utah Conservation Permits throughout the year.
The Utah Conservation Permit Program has successfully brought in millions of dollars since its inception. Through the sale of coveted hunting tags, conservation groups such as MDF are able to raise money for their own projects, Utah state ventures, and literally hundreds of habitat enhancements in conjunction with partners such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Utah Dept. of Wildlife Resources, and other conservation groups.
A sampling of the 46 projects completed this year include:
- Black Ridge Fuels Reduction and Vegetative Restoration
- Sawmill Canyon Fire Rehab
- Black Hill WMA Habitat Restoration and Access Management Project
- Twin Springs Aerial Seeding and Vegetation Treatment
- North Book Cliffs Wildlife Guzzler Project
- Research for Wildlife Crossings in Utah, What Works and Determining Best Structure Designs
The Mule Deer Foundation looks forward to participating in the Utah Conservation Permit Program again in 2012. A listing of available tags is posted online at www.muledeer.org, under Hunting, Tags and Permits.
Some of the projects slated for 2012 include:
- Logan Ranger District Aspen Treatment
- Henefer-Echo WMA Fencing
- Browns Canyon Guzzler
- Moon Ridge Bullhog
- Grimes Wash Pinyon/Juniper Removal
- Fivemile Sagebrush Restoration, Kimball Valley
For more information about the Utah Conservation Permit Program or tags available for 2012, contact the Mule Deer Foundation at 1-888-375-DEER (3337).