West Desert (WDARM) - Utah CBCP

    West Desert (WDARM)


    • Next Meeting: November 5, 2018, beginning at 1 PM in the Tooele County Health Building (151 N. Main, Tooele).  
    • Contact Lorien Belton at 770-2413 or lorien.belton@usu.edu if you have any questions.
    • Chair: Loralie Cox

    Hot Topics

    Sheeprocks Translocation Field Notes for 2018: May, JuneJuly/August

    General Information

    Local Working Group (LWG) meetings are held three to four times per year. Unless otherwise noted the WDARM LWG meets during the following months:

    February meeting:

    • Project updates
    • Review plan strategies and actions
    • Discuss spring monitoring

    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.

    May/June: field tour to visit project sites, usually conducted in coordination with the Central Region UPCD field tour.

    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.

    WDARM Sage-grouse Conservation Plan

    A note about the WDARM plan: This is an adaptive plan, it will be reviewed annually and therefore is likely to be amended, changed, updated, and reported upon but it will not be ignored and just put on the shelf as a monumental accomplishment of those involved.

    Sage-grouse Conservation Plan

    Reports and Publications


    Flagship Project

    Person holding a sage-grouseA greater sage-grouse translocation project headed by PhD student, Melissa Chelak at Utah State University, that began in March of 2016. This project is translocating 40 birds (10 males, 30 females) from Parker Mountain and Box Elder SGMA's to aid in augmenting and preventing extirpation of the Sheeprock sage-grouse population. Along with the translocations, predator control, habitat restoration and OHV surveys are being performed to develop more understanding of resident and translocated sage-grouse habitat selection and vital rates. As of 2018, 120 sage-grouse (30 males, 90 females) have been translocated into the area and 19 residents have been collared as well. This project works closely with local, state, and federal agencies as well as the landowners, who all play an integral role in the conservation process. If you have any questions, you can reach Melissa at melissa.chelak@gmail.com.Person carrying telemetry equipment through sagebrush steppe