Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) has announced 121 wildland restoration and rehabilitation projects throughout the state that will be in the upwards of $36 million dollars. In all, these projects will improve over 173,000 acres of land. The DNR will coordinate the projects. DNR watershed program director Tyler Thompson states, “Healthy watersheds are vital to Utah’s effort to proactively manage the state’s natural resources, including prevention of catastrophic wildfire, improved habitat for wildlife and the increased yield and quality of water.” Local projects include the Alma Taylor Timer Stand Improvement and Meadow Restoration in Uintah County that will thin lodgepole pine and restore the alpine wet meadow. Another Uintah County project is the Cutthroat Trout and Riparian Habitat Improvement. They are planning to build woody in-stream structures to enhance the complexities of the creek, as well as improve the habitat for fish and raise the water table. The final project is the Rabbit Gulch Winter Range Improvement Phase II in Duchesne County. They will check the 224 acres that was previously treated with herbicide, apply new seeds and spray 378 more acres with cheatgrass issues.

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