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Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative Mule Deer. Statewide Mule Deer Plan. Habitat Objective 1: Maintain mule deer habitat throughout the state by protecting and enhancing existing crucial habitats and mitigating for losses due to natural and human impacts.

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statewide mule deer plan

Statewide Mule Deer Plan

  • Habitat Objective 1: Maintain mule deer habitat throughout the state by protecting and enhancing existing crucial habitats and mitigating for losses due to natural and human impacts.
  • Habitat Objective 2: Improve the quality and quantity of vegetation for mule deer on a minimum of 500,000 acres of crucial range by 2013.
what is mule deer habitat

What is Mule Deer Habitat

Food - What do Mule Deer Eat?

Summer Range/Transitional Range - Succulent Grasses and Flowering Plants for Fawn Production, Growth and Survival

Winter Range - Shrubs, Particularly Sagebrush for Winter Survival

Water – Mule Deer Rarely Travel far from Water

Cover - Ideal Mule Deer Habitat also Includes Thermal and Escape Cover with openings providing forage and feeding areas.

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Mule Deer Habitat - Threats

  • Loss and Degradation of Habitat Due to -
    • Human Population Expansion/Development
    • Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Expansion
    • Drought
    • Catastrophic Wildfire
    • Invasive Species
    • Conifer Expansion into Aspen
uwri background

UWRI Background

  • Locally Led Teams Develop and Implement Projects Designed to Enhance Utah’s
    • Wildlife and Biological Diversity
    • Water Quality and Yield for all Uses
    • Opportunities for Sustainable Uses
  • Partners Include: USFS, BLM, SITLA, USFWS, NRCS, NPS, UDAF, Farm Services Agency, Private Landowners, Sportsman Groups, Academia, Local Governments, Industry, Etc.

A Partnership Driven Effort to Conserve, Restore and Manage Ecosystems in Priority Areas Across the State

slow and or reverse habitat threats

Mule Deer Habitat Restoration Techniques

Slow and/or Reverse Habitat Threats

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7,450

1,850

10,029

11,379

Northeastern Region

Mule Deer Projects

’05-’10

19,752

2,060

1,615

3,445

28,387

85,967 Total Acres

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’05-’10

1,384

3,857

10,595

121

4,972

2,164

20

4,283

7,518

1,178

Central Region

Mule Deer Projects

46,265 Total Acres

10,173

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94

10,577

500

7,805

Southeastern Region

Mule Deer Projects

‘05-’10

654

2,516

5,556

38,208 Total Acres

8,227

2,279

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85

66,874 Total Acres

6,794

58,296

199

1,140

230

75

Northern Region

Mule Deer Projects

‘05-’10

55

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82

127

Southern Region

Mule Deer Projects

‘05-’10

27,029

2,075

11,478

14,701

3,107

7,688

40,621

2,345

6,321

1,822

8,955

161,953 Total Acres

18,802

2,735

75

13,990

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Results – 2005-2010

  • $63 Million Dollars Spent Statewide for Mule Deer
  • 400,000+ Acres Treated Statewide for Mule Deer
  • 70+ Water Development Projects
  • It’s Not Just About Dollars and Acres
  • DWR Has Taken a Leadership Role in UWRI
  • Resulting in Wildlife Benefit
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UWRI Monitoring

  • Wildlife Monitoring Crew
    • Big Game Response
    • Passerine Birds
    • Small Mammal Trapping
    • Threatened and Endangered Species Response
  • Vegetation Monitoring Crew
    • Measures Vegetative Composition
    • Seeding Success
    • Browse Characteristics
  • Both Crews Compare Treated w/ Untreated Sites