Ecological analysis, an integral part of the study of the land and its health, relies on indicators that are not always obvious. The expertise of biologists outside land management agencies is often needed to objectively interpret these signs. Wild Utah Project provides for our many partners biological and science-based analysis of land use plans and projects, literature reviews about a conservation issue, expert witnesses the local conservation community needs for their campaigns and legal efforts, and "Best Management Practices" that incorporate ecological science into agency practices.
A few examples include our work to create a status review for a rare and imperiled fish in the West Desert of Utah that is now providing a critical piece of information that is helping our partners (such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Trout Unlimited and the Sierra Club) have influence over a water development decision now pending in the Great Basin. And of course, we are often providing analyses and helping our partners utilize the science incorporated in our Heart of the West Conservation Plan. Another example is our recently completed "Ecological Values of the Greater Canyonlands Region" report for the southern Utah WIlderness Alliance In many cases our various ecological analyses are published in peer review journals.