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VERNON PROJECTS IMPROVE WILDLIFE PROGRAMS

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Officials of the Uinta National Forest have recognized the efforts of groups that have helped implement improvements to wildlife programs in the Vernon Management Unit.

Recent projects on the Vernon unit include:-Installation and fencing of guzzlers by the Tooele County Wildlife Federation. Guzzlers collect and store rain water and snowmelt so that drinking water is available to wildlife during dry periods.

-Installation of log-drop structures along Vernon Creek by biology students from Tooele and Tintic High Schools. Purpose of the structures is to create pools to provide habitat for trout. Students also received instruction on fish and wildlife management and habitat improvement techniques, general ecological principles and the importance of riparian habitat.

Additional wildlife projects are proposed for the Vernon Management Unit. To meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and ensure the best possible management results, public comment is being sought on the following proposed projects:

-Development of seep areas to provide watering places for wildlife.

-Shrub planting along fence rows to provide food and cover for game.

-Installation of additional guzzlers for wildlife.

-Continuation of fish habitat improvement, bank stabilizations, and revegetation work along Vernon Creek.

-Introduction of sharptail grouse. Approximately 50 birds would be captured in the Caribou National Forest in southern Idaho and transported to Vernon early next spring. The birds would be released in an area determined to be suitable habitat. This would be accomplished in cooperation with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Idaho Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service. The Tooele County Wildlife Federation would assist with the project.

Comments on these proposals or requests for more information should be directed to District Ranger, Spanish Fork Ranger District, Uinta National Forest, 44 West 400 North, Spanish Fork, UT 84660.