West Desert (WDARM) - Utah CBCP

    West Desert (WDARM)

    Meetings

    • Next Meeting: to be determined .  
    • Contact Lorien Belton at 770-2413 or lorien.belton@usu.edu if you have any questions.
    • Chair: Loralie Cox

    Hot Topics

    Field Report:  March, April, May, June/July

    New Publication: Kohl MT, Messmer TA, Crabb BA, Guttery MR, Dahlgren DK, Larsen RT, et al. (2019) The effects of electric power lines on the breeding ecology of greater sage-grouse. PLoS ONE 14(1):e0209968. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209968

    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


    • 2019 Accomplishement Report, West Desert section or entire LWG report
    • Chelak, M., and T.A. Messmer. 2018. Population dynamics and seasonal movements of translocated and resident greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), Sheeprock Sage-grouse Management Area. Annual Report.  Jack H. Berryman Institute, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.  
    • 2018 Accomplishment Report West Desert section or entire LWG report
    • Chelak, M., and T.A. Messmer. 2018. Population dynamics and seasonal movements of translocated and resident greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), Sheeprock Sage-grouse Management Area. Annual Report. Jack H. Berryman Institute, Utah State University, Logan. 35 pps.
    • 2017 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section or entire LWG report
    • Chelak, M., and T.A. Messmer. 2017. Population dynamics and seasonal movements of translocated and resident greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), Sheeprock Sage-grouse Management Area. Annual Report. Jack H. Berryman Institute, Utah State University, Logan. 34 pps.

    • Chelak, Melissa, and Terry A. Messmer. 2016. Population dynamics and seasonal movements of translocated and resident greater sage-grouse populations (Centrocercus urophasianus), Sheeprock Sage-grouse Management Area. Annual Report. Jack H. Berryman Institute, Utah State University, Logan, UT. 29pps.
    • 2016 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section, entire LWG report
    • 2015 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section
    • 2014 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section
    • Robinson, Jason D. and Terry A. Messmer. 2013. Vital rates and seasonal movements of two isolated greater sage-grouse populations in Utah's West Desert. Human-Wildlife Interactions 7(2):182-194. pdf file
    • 2012 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section
    • 2011 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section
    • Presentation given to County Commission, Spring 2011
    • 2010 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section
    • 2008 Accomplishment Report, West Desert Section
    • Thesis by Jason D. Robinson (2007) Ecology of Two Geographically Distinct Greater Sage-Grouse Populations Inhabiting Utah's West Desert. Utah State University.
    • 2006-7 Accomplishment Report; West Desert Section
    • Progress Report: 2006 Deep Creek Watershed Pygmy Rabbit Project

    Minutes:

    Flagship Project

    Person holding a sage-grouseA greater sage-grouse translocation project headed by PhD student, Melissa Chelak at Utah State University, began in March of 2016. This project began with 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 off-highway vehicle recreation surveys are being performed to develop more understanding of resident and translocated sage-grouse habitat selection and vital rates. From 2016-2019, 146 sage-grouse (40 males, 106 females) were translocated into the area, and 39 resident sage-grouse were collared from 2016-2020. This project works closely with local, state, federal agencies, and landowners who all play an integral role in the conservation process. If you have any questions, you can reach Melissa at melissa.chelak@usu.edu.Person carrying telemetry equipment through sagebrush steppe