Eagle Mountain City announced its plans to hire a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Planner in March.
The City, in cooperation with local wildlife advocates, is placing greater emphasis on the conservation of open spaces and the protection of wildlife. This new position is unique in the state of Utah and is designed to help facilitate dialogue with concerned community members while guiding the City in its development and decision-making process.
Todd Black, who was recently announced as the City’s hire for the position, brings many years of experience in wildlife research. Black has worked in outreach and education through Utah State University and has previously worked alongside private landowners and large corporations.
“As far as I know, this is the first time ever I’ve heard of a municipality hiring a wildlife biologist,” said Black.
Many residents have expressed an interest in the protection of wildlife in Eagle Mountain. As a result, the City will utilize this new position to advise around code enforcement, planning and development, and potential City Code amendments in future years.
Already, Eagle Mountain has made strides in the areas of conservation and development. The City was the first in the state of Utah to create a Wildlife Corridor Overlay Zone. This type of zoning allows for the protection of elk, pronghorn and mule deer migration patters through the Cedar Valley and acts in cooperation with private landowners to better consider the needs of these species.
“I think having somebody like myself in this position will help look at it from a new set of eyes,” said Black.
Eagle Mountain City continues to consider the possibility of an advisory group of residents to help advise the City in conservation matters. Please be sure to check out our Wildlife and Conservation web page to learn more about conservation in Eagle Mountain.