The Wild Utah Project provides computerized mapping, or GIS (Geographic Information Systems) support to non-profit organizations working on conservation issues. We tailor our efforts to help conservation partners such as the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Utah Wilderness Coalition, Save Our Canyons, Western Wildlife Conservancy and many others make the best use of GIS technology to further their respective causes. These products complement, enhance, refine, explain, research, and present up-to-date geographic information to a wide array of audiences including the United States Congress, state and federal land agencies, courts of law, media outlets, the public at large, and peers in science.
Some of our maps can be viewed in The Ecological Importance and Biological Uniqueness of the Greater Canyonlands Ecoregion. Wild Utah Project produced this report on behalf of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
The mapping projects for our conservation partners provide scientific and GIS support that is often not otherwise available to them. Some examples include analysis and GIS studies that: build an ecological framework into wilderness campaigns, counter off-road vehicle management problems, guide ecologically based grazing decisions, and help guide federal land management plans and plan revisions. These projects range from very labor intensive, sophisticated spatial analysis such as our Heart of the West SITES analysis (Heart of the West Map and Core Areas Map), to simple maps that illustrate, for example, a map of differing travel plans (Unauthorized Routes in the Logan Ranger District) . We anticipate working on as many projects for our conservation partners in the coming year as we did in the past year. Following are brief descriptions of some of the projects the Wild Utah Project has recently completed or are currently underway for our conservation partners:
For information about our conservation partners please go to our Partners page.