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Habitats of Special Concern

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.


Wetland Habitat

evening on the marsh photoAlthough 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 America’s 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.


Upland/Rangeland

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.

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