Utah FWCO
Mountain-Prairie Region
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Utah Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office

1380 South 2350 West | Vernal, UT 84078-2042
Phone: (435) 789-0351 | E-mail: UtahFishandWildlife@fws.gov

About Our Office

About Us

Photo of a Utah landscape. Credit: USFWS.

The Utah Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, formerly known as the Roosevelt Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office, was originally established in 1971 to provide fish and wildlife technical assistance to Indian tribes in Utah in order to fulfill its trust responsibility.

The Utah Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office provides technical assistance to the Southern Ute Tribe of southwestern Colorado, the Northern Ute Tribe in northeastern Utah, the Paiute Tribe in southwestern Utah, and the Goshute Tribes of Nevada and Utah. Technical assistance activities consist of working closely with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Tribes to better manage tribal fishery and wildlife resources. The Office also provides technical assistance to Hill Air Force Base, Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery, and the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fishes Recovery Program.


Conservation Projects »

Conservation Projects

Volunteer stocking fish and closeup of fish. Credit: USFWS. Native Fish & Wildlife Conservation - Conserving imperiled fish and aquatic species and wildlife, (i.e. those in serious decline or listed under the ESA), by planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating activities such as habitat restoration and captive propagation and prevent them from being listed under the ESA.

Today, major conservation projects for Utah Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office include restoration of native Bonneville and Colorado River cutthroat trout into streams on the Confederated Tribes of the Goshutes and Northern Ute Indian Reservations in Utah. Activities include conducting fish population surveys; removing nonnative fishes that compete with the trout; constructing fish barriers to exclude nonnative fishes from reentering reclaimed streams; repairing stream side habitat; building fences to keep cattle out of sensitive stream areas; and carrying out stream-side spawning, hatching and rearing of cutthroat trout for reintroduction into restored streams.

The Utah Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office also assists in developing stream flow recommendations for endangered fishes and determines impacts to river habitats from oil and gas development.


Tribal Assistance »


Photo of children volunteering and man holding a calf. Credit: USFWS. Tribal Assistance - Managing natural resources, restoring native species, recovering threatened and endangered species, and restoring habitats to fulfill trust responsibilities.

The Utah Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office works with our tribal partners to better manage their fish, wildlife, and habitat resources on 4.5 million acres of Tribal land. This includes managing fish and wildlife resources, restoring native species, recovering threatened and endangered species. In addition, the station provides hands-on learning experiences for Tribal members interested in pursuing fish and wildlife careers.


Federal Lands Assistance »

Federal Lands Assistance - Working with federal land managers, such as the Department of Defense, in rangeland, wildlife and fish management on Federal lands and assisting National Wildlife Refuges to plan, manage, and restore fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.

The Utah Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office provides fish and wildlife assistance to the National Wildlife Refuge System through fish, wildlife, and habitat surveys; activities to protect, conserve, and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitats; preservation efforts of threatened, endangered, depleted, and native fish species and their habitats; effectively addressing invasive and nonnative species issues; and providing knowledge of baseline fishery and wildlife resources and requirements.

The Utah Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office also conducts fish, wildlife, waterfowl, and reptile surveys on 1 million acres of land on Hill Air Force Base. In addition, fishing ponds have been developed and managed on the Air Force Base to provide fishing opportunities for military personnel and their families.


Partnerships »

Partnerships Make it Happen

Photo of various partner activities. Credit: USFWS. We work closely with the following partners: the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Southern Ute Tribe, the Northern Ute Tribe, the Goshute Tribes, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Colorado Division of Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, and other Service programs. In addition, many local civic groups and volunteer citizens are actively involved with the fish and wildlife management activities, education, and outreach.

These many dedicated partners and volunteers keep the Utah Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office operating to bring recreational opportunities and healthy ecosystems to you, your family, and future generations.

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: April 08, 2015
All Images Credit to and Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unless Specified Otherwise.
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