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.