Utah Lake Wetland Preserve
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Selection Marker ImageUtah Lake Wetland Preserve
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Benjamin Slough part of the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve
Utah Lake, in Central Utah, is the largest naturally occurring freshwater lake in the western United States. Its wetlands have long been recognized locally and nationally for their critical importance to fish and wildlife resources. The Utah Lake wetland ecosystem is important as a breeding area and stopover for many migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway. Approximately 226 species of birds are known to use Utah Lake wetlands, as well as 49 mammalian species, 16 species of amphibians and reptiles and 18 species of fish. Utah Lake also provides feeding areas for birds nesting on the Great Salt Lake.

The Utah Lake Wetland Preserve, a network of wetland and interspersed upland habitats near the southern end of Utah Lake, is being established to partially mitigate for past and anticipated future impacts of Central Utah Project water development. The Preserve will provide habitat for wetland- and upland-dependent species and will ultimately be managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

The Commission entered into an agreement in 1996 with The Nature Conservancy, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for acquisition and management at the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve. The Preserve consists of two units: Goshen Bay and Benjamin Slough.

The core of the Goshen Bay unit has been the priority acquisition area. Core properties tie into properties owned by other state and federal agencies that were cooperators during development of the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve Plan. The Preserve contains about 21,750 acres. About 14,195 acres are under management of project cooperators (Mitigation Commission: 5,526 acres; Bureau of Land Management: 4,150 acres; State of Utah: 4,500 acres; and Utah County: 19 acres). The rest is privately owned.

Development of a preserve management plan, which will assure management in accordance with CUPCA and substantive requirements of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, was initiated in 2002. The effort continued in 2004 and included opportunities for public involvement. Based on the finalized plan, an operation and management agreement among Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Commission will be developed.

As part of President Obama’s plan to help stimulate the lagging economy, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in February, 2009. Recovery Act funds provided to the Mitigation Commission accelerate the opportunity to construct a building for storage and maintenance and repair of supplies and equipment used at the Utah Lake Wetlands Preserve. The building will be located at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office complex in Springville, Utah.

Email Link to the Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission, urmcc@uc.usbr.govAddress for Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission, 230 South 500 East, Suite 230, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-2045, (801)524-3146, Fax (801)524-3148