Strawberry Valley

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  • Next Meeting: to be scheduled in February 2017

  • For more details, contact Lorien Belton (lorien.belton@usu.edu). 

  •  SVARM co-chairs are Anthony Grey and Riley Peck. 

Local Working Group (LWG) meetings are held three or four times each year.  Unless otherwise noted the SVARM LWG meets during the following months:

February/March meeting:
- Review plan strategies and actions
- Discuss spring monitoring and project goals

Spring: generally no meeting unless the need is defined, but email updates and coordination to the list regarding habitat or other project implementation and research projects.

Field tour: July/August

November/December meeting:
- Discuss project updates
- Consider any new threats and any actions to take
- Propose new projects for funding in the upcoming year.

To be placed on the mailing list, or for specific meeting times and locations, contact Lorien Belton, CBCP Extension Specialist at 435-770-2413 or Lorien.belton@usu.edu.
 


SVARM Sage-grouse Conservation Plan


Sage-grouse Conservation Plan

 

Reports and Publications


  • 2015 Accomplishment Report, Strawberry Valley section
  • 2014 Accomplishment Report, Strawberry Valley section
  • Baxter, R.J., R.T. Larsen, and J.T. Flinders. 2013.  Survival of Resident and Translocated Greater Sage-grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah: A 13-year Study.  Journal of Wildlife Management 77(4): 802-811.  pdf file
  • Breidinger, Leah S., K.E. Mock, and T.A. Messmer. 2013. Greater sage-grouse and natural gas development in Utah: Using population genetic data for conservation efforts.  Western North American Naturalist 73(2):177-183.  pdf file
  • 2012 Accomplishment Report, Strawberry Valley section
  • 2011 Accomplishment Report, Strawberry Valley section
  • Presentation given to County Council, Spring 2011.
  • 2010 Progress Report: Strawberry Valley Sage-grouse Recovery Project. Prepared by Riley Peck, Rick Baxter, and Randy Larsen
  • 2010 Communicator article on Information Kiosks near Strawberry Reservoir
  • 2010 Accomplishment Report, Strawberry Valley section
  • 2009 Progress Report: Strawberry Valley Sage-grouse Recovery Project. Prepared by Riley Peck, Rick Baxter, Randy Larsen, and Jerran Flinders
  • 2008 Accomplishment Report, Strawberry Valley section
  • 2006-7 Accomplishment Report; Strawberry Valley section
  • Bambrough, D.J. 2002. Master's Thesis. "Greater Sage-grouse winter and male and female summer habitat selection in Strawberry Valley, Utah."  Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Baxter, R. 2007. Ph.D. Dissertation. "The Ecology of Translocated Greater Sage-grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah." Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. 
  • Hennefer, J.P. 2007. Master's Thesis. "Analyses of Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Translocation Release Methods and Chick Survival in Strawberry Valley, Utah." Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Bambrough, D.J. Master's Thesis. "Greater Sage-grouse Winter and Male and Female Summer Habitat Selection in Strawberry Valley, Utah." Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Bunnell, K.D. 2000. Master's Thesis. "Ecological factors limiting sage grouse recovery and expansion in Strawberry Valley, Utah." Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. 
  • Translocation Project Boosts Dwindling Population.  Communicator newsletter article by Rick Baxter and Jerran Flinders.

 

Minutes:

 

New Information Kiosks Near Strawberry Reservoir

By Lorien Belton, Utah State University
 
The Strawberry Valley Adaptive Resource Management group (SVARM) has installed two new information kiosks near Strawberry Reservoir. The signs discuss sage-grouse, recreation impacts, and habitat treatment efforts. SVARM members worked together to design, fund, and install the project. Both kiosks are located near popular ATV or snowmobile recreationist parking areas, one at Trout Creek, across Highway 40 from the reservoir, and the other on private land closer to the reservoir.
 
The signs help achieve several of SVARM’s goals. First, they provide basic information about sage-grouse in the area: population declines and recent increases, and show pictures of sage-grouse. Second, several sections of the sign, visible from a vehicle driving by, emphasize the importance of being careful when recreating in sage-grouse habitat. The signs say “Take Care, We Have Sage-grouse Here!” Lastly, for visitors to the area who chose to examine the sign in more detail, they will learn that there are habitat treatments visible from the parking areas. The text explains why and how the treatments were done and how they help sage-grouse.
 
The Division of Wildlife Resources provided funding and labor to print and install the Trout Creek sign, which was attached to an existing Forest Service information kiosk backboard and roof. A new structure was built to house the sign at the snowmobile parking area. Many members of the SVARM group provided input on content and design, making the project a true team effort!