Riparian and In-Stream Habitat
These two habitats are required by native fish
populations and many neotropical migrants, and are important to the residents of Utah for
water quality. Both components are required for the system to function properly; one
habitat cannot exist without the other.
Although only 1.5% of the state is classified as
wetlands, there are wetlands in Utah. The Great Salt Lake system provides critical
migrational habitat as well as breeding habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl. Fifty
percent of North Americas cinnamon teal population nest there. This system is home
to the largest breeding population of white-faced ibis in North America.
Wetlands are also scattered throughout
the western portion of Utah. Many of these wetlands are spring fed and are small oases in
an area that typically receives 7 inches or less of annual precipitation. Two Species of
Concern that inhabit these areas are the spotted frog and the least chub.
Ranchers own large tracts of property
and contribute significantly to wildlife habitat. Rangeland is important for various
resident wildlife such as Gunnison sage grouse, greater sage grouse, numerous neotropical
migrants, and the Utah prairie dog.