In a significant development for Eagle Mountain, the Federal Coordinating Committee (FCC) has bestowed federal recognition upon the Great Salt Lake Sentinel Landscape, which includes the Eagle Mountain Wildlife Corridor.

The committee is formed through a joint effort of the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Forest Service, the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior.

This recognition marks a pivotal moment for the City’s wildlife conservation and planning efforts.

“This was a huge collaborative effort with state wildlife agencies, federal and state land management agencies, other cities and wildlife conservation organizations,” says Todd Black, wildlife biologist.

The inclusion of the Eagle Mountain Wildlife Corridor in the GSLSL underscores the importance of safeguarding critical mule deer migratory paths and ensuring continuous wildlife connectivity in the planning of the community and surrounding communities.

The timing of this recognition aligns closely with ongoing grant applications. The America the Beautiful Challenge, which specifically addresses Federal Sentinel Landscapes, presents an opportunity to highlight the GSLSL within grant proposals. Doing so is expected to bolster Eagle Mountain’s chances of securing funding for conservation projects aimed at preserving the wildlife corridor.

“This is a big deal for Eagle Mountain City,” says Black. “It will be a big help for us in working to implement significant conservation measures in the city like open space preservation and wildlife corridors.”

The federal recognition comes on the heels of collaborative efforts among various partners involved in the proposal development. The FCC’s acceptance of the proposal was accompanied by praise for its organizational structure, attainable goals, and well-formulated boundaries.

Acknowledging the collective effort of all partners involved, city officials expressed gratitude for the support and expertise contributed toward achieving this milestone.

The designation of the Eagle Mountain Wildlife Corridor within the GSLSL is a significant achievement, laying the groundwork for future conservation endeavors in the community.

This Federal recognition not only acknowledges the importance of preserving wildlife corridors but also signifies a promising future for conservation efforts in Eagle Mountain.

Motorists should be aware of minor adjustments in the traffic pattern on the roundabout at Pony Express Pkwy. and Eagle Mountain Blvd. on Wednesday, May 15. Work to fill cores in the area resulting from fiber installation will be filled. Repairs will take place between 10:30 and Noon and the roadway will fully re-open to traffic after that time. Motorists are encouraged to slow their speed in the area to accommodate the changes.  

Blast operations are scheduled for TM Crushing site on Mt. Airey Dr. will take place on Tuesday, May 14 2024, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Residents may notice loud noises during the blast period.

The Eagle Mountain City Council took a moment during their meeting on Tuesday, May 7 to give a well-deserved nod to the Unified Fire Authority (UFA) firefighters.

Firefighters were recognized for their work tackling a house fire that broke out in the early hours on Sunday.

The fire, which started around 1:30 a.m., tore through two homes in Eagle Mountain. The fire spread in part due to strong winds. No injuries were reported in the incident, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

The council thanked the UFA for their courage and commitment to serving the community.

The installation of Monarch butterfly habitat at Eagle Mountain City Hall is now underway.

“We are looking for areas in and around the city where we have grass that doesn’t offer much then green grass, we are going to replace our thirsty Kentucky blue grass with small a variety of native wildflowers where we can cut our water consumption in half and provide habitat for pollinators,” says Todd Black, wildlife biologist with Eagle Mountain City.  

The City actively supports landscape and wildlife conservation efforts throughout the community and has previously hosted volunteer events to facilitate Monarch habitats and vegetation in the community.

Turf landscaping is now being replaced with native wildlife flowers many of which were collected from seeds right here in the valley and will perform well in Eagle Mountain’s high desert terrain. Plant selection includes several native flowers including milkweed, salad burnet, penstemons and others.  

Black is starting the initiative not only to continue wildlife outreach and education in the community, but to showcase the City’s commitment to water conservation.  

“It’s going to be something different for sure, … but we’ll see what they look like mid-to-late June.” says Black.

The idea for the project followed regular discussions at the City’s Wildlife and Nature Education (WANE) meetings where the mayor was in attendance and expressed interest in doing something like this.

Eagle Mountain City is also teaming up with programs like Monarch City USA and the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge to do even more for butterfly conservation.

Planting native vegetation at City Hall is intended to help facilitate the reduction of water, implement conservation practices for the monarch butterfly in Eagle Mountain and find an alternative to grass turf in the key selected areas.

Black hopes these sites add beauty and variety to the city as well as different wildlife habitats. 

On Tuesday, May 7, repairs will commence on a sewer trench along Airport Rd.

Preparatory work initiates the operation, with pavement restoration scheduled for completion by Friday.

Minimal disruption is expected for Airport Road traffic. However, motorists in Sage Valley at E. Cres Loop will be rerouted to facilitate the repairs. Commuters in the area are advised to plan alternate routes during this period.

Utility construction near Brylee Farms North subdivision in Eagle Mountain is scheduled from May 6-11, starting at 7 a.m. on Eagle Mountain Blvd. and Desert Willow Dr.. Minimal traffic impact expected, but reduced speeds advised. Residents urged to plan accordingly. Stay updated for any changes in construction schedule.

Comcast and the Eagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Eagle Mountain Public Library, have announced the opening of the new Digital Navigator’s Program in Eagle Mountain.

The collaborative effort aims to bridge the digital divide and open opportunities for seniors to
connect via the Internet with their families, access essential services, and engage with the wider world from the comfort of their homes. Learn more.