Celebrating Over 35 years of Conservation
An important wetland restoration project in the Flaming Gorge Ranger District of Utah’s Ashley National Forest received the prestigious “Taking Wing” Award for Community Involvement. The project was supported by Wildlife Forever and various government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners around the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Previously, the Reservoir had provided plenty of deep, open-water habitats, but few shallow areas because of steep banks and fluctuating water levels. By constructing ponds and wet meadows around the reservoir, the project helped create 300 acres of shallow-water areas for migrating shorebirds, as well as waterfowl, eagles, osprey, and cranes. To better serve the thousands of visitors to the reservoir, viewing areas, trails, and picnic areas were also constructed.