Highlighted NDF Natural Resource Program Projects

This page contains links to highlight NDF natural resource projects throughout the state.

South Fork State Recreation Area: Stabilization and Meadow Restoration

 This project will improve rangeland health on 600 acres within the South Fork State Recreation Area in Elko County. It will also create enhanced conditions that improve water quality for municipal, agricultural, and wildlife use.
Ecosystem restoration is being implemented on bottomlands which were formerly managed for irrigation agriculture. The restoration includes invasive species management, revegetation of meadows and streambank stabilization through establishment of woody vegetation along streambanks. NDF is the lead agency managing the project, which uses prescribed burning, herbiciding, reseeding and planting of nursery stock to restore native vegetation. The results will be a reduction in weeds, control of erosion, improvement of wildlife habitat and reduction of sedimentation into South Fork Reservoir. Long-term benefits include increases in mammal, fish and bird populations, deceased deposition of fine and coarse sediments into South Fork Reservoir, and more aesthetically pleasing environment at the park for outdoor recreationists.


Lamoille Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project

Hazardous fuel reduction and thinning of overstocked trees is being implemented on privately owned lands within the 1.84 sq. mile boundary of the town of Lamoille. NDF Conservation Camp crews are removing dead, diseased and overstocked trees, as well as understory shrubs. They then stack, chip or burn residual fuels, depending on size. The results will be a reduction in wildfire threat to private structures and flood threat from downed trees in waterways.  The project is being funded by NDF, private landowners, and US Forest Service-State and Private Forestry. For more information, see the project fact sheet.


Virgin River-Mesquite/Bunkerville Area 

This project was funded through a Western Competitive Grant from the U.S. Forest Service. This grant was a continuation of work started by the State of Utah and the State of Arizon. The purpose of the grant was to reduce the the amount of Tamarisk (Salt Cedar) along the Virgin River and help reduce the fire risk associated with Tamarisk. Once the Tamarisk was removed, NDF along with cooperators and volunteers replanted and irrigated native and adapted vegetation to mitigate erosion and help native wildlife. Some of treatments areas were along a popular walking/bicycling trail. A secondary benefit in those treatment areas was better public safety.


Wiley Ranch-Southern Lyon County 

This project was funded through Hazardous fuel dollars. The treatment was to create a fuel break with a secondary benefit to improve habitat for the Bi-State Sage Grouse Population.


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