Eagle Mountain is the first city in Utah to implement a Wildlife Corridor Overlay Zone. It will provide a route for mule deer from two critical habitats in the northwest and southeast areas of the city.
The city council approved the zoning Wednesday, enabling the city to continue planning for a potential 1,300-acre wildlife corridor.
“This zoning addition is an important step in the city’s effort to preserve open space and maintain the connection with nature and outdoor recreation that is in large part what draws people to locate in Eagle Mountain,” Mayor Tom Westmoreland is quoted in a news release.
The effort to protect animal habitats and plants is a collaboration between Eagle Mountain City, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the Eagle Mountain Nature and Wildlife Alliance, a resident-based group tasked with conducting research and consulting community members, a news release states.
DWR is working with the Utah Department of Transporation to build a wildlife fence on the south side of state Route 73. It will help guide deer to cross the highway through a narrower area, in conjunction with a driver alert system.
DWR is also overseeing habitat improvement projects, which include replacing invasive weeds with native shrubs, grasses, and trees.
Next steps for the project include working with property owners to solidify a plan for the corridor and adjusting current OHV access in the area as needed, according to a news release.