Utah's Diverse Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
In Utah, climate varies by elevation, ranging from semi-arid to montane. With deserts like the Great Basin and Mojave in the state, streamside areas are the richest landscapes in terms of species variety and wildlife numbers. Approximately 700 species of wildlife and thousands of species of insects inhabit Utah. Almost 250 species of birds use habitats within the Great Salt Lake environment alone. The Great Salt Lake supports colonies of rare birds, like the American pelican, while other species that visit the lake are salt water specialists that rely upon the unique life forms in and around the lake.
Working Together to Set Conservation Priorities
To create its wildlife action plan the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources forged an on-going public-private partnership from the beginning of the planning process that will continue through plan implementation. Planners used the best science and knowledge available to document the status and condition of species and habitats, identify and understand threats, develop effective responses and initiate monitoring assessments. The plan serves as a foundation for cooperative conservation efforts.
- Summary of Utah Wildlife Action Plan (.pdf, 400 KB)
- Utah Wildlife Action Plan Web Site