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Wildlife and Environmental Conservation

Our Conservation and Preservation Responsibility

Eagle Mountain is part of Cedar Valley which is part of the Great Basin ecosystem.  Many species of plants and animals call this area home. Out here, residents enjoy natural open spaces, recreational opportunities, and amazing night skies.  Eagle Mountain City is working to preserve as many of these as possible – with over 70% of the area within city boundaries classified as open space, agriculture areas or currently not developed. Eagle Mountain City seeks to be mindful of conservation in its planning and development efforts. It was John F. Kennedy who once said, “for those to whom much is given, much is required.” Therefore, the City believes it is its responsibility to plan for growth in a way that minimizes negative impact on wildlife and maintains wildlife habitats for generations to come. Significant work has been done in the past few years with the creation of a wildlife overlay zone and wildlife code. Join Eagle Mountain City as we continue to implement important conservation measures across the city to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Your Department Contacts:


Todd Black

Todd Black

Environmental Planner | Wildlife Biologist

801-857-8228
tblack@emcity.org


Steve Mumford

Steve Mumford

Community Development Director | Assistant City Administrator

801-789-6616
smumford@emcity.org

Living with Wildlife

Check out previous episodes of our monthly series, Living with Wildlife with Todd Black for more information about plant and animal life native to Eagle Mountain.

Deer Migration Routes

Open Space

Birds

News

Read the most recent news articles about Eagle Mountain’s wild and plant life and learn how to help protect native habitats. Read more Eagle Mountain News.

Mule deer habitat remains diverse
Mule deer habitat remains diverse
Many slithery serpents call Cedar Valley home
Many slithery serpents call the Cedar Valley home
What does the fox say?
What does the fox say?

Wildlife in Eagle Mountain

Here’s an opportunity to participate in Citizen Science. iNaturalist  is a citizen science web page where members can help to identify species of flora and fauna in the area.  Click here to see their list of possible flora and fauna in the area, join, and start adding your pictures and ID information to it if you’d like.  This can be a fun family activity and helps to get kids outside doing fun activities, see Cedar Valley’s site here. Additionally, You can also download Utah’s official check list from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources here.

Kestrel Live Cams

The Eagle Mountain Kestrel Project has setup nesting boxes around Eagle Mountain for American Kestrels to use. The live feeds below are from one of those boxes.

Nesting Box Cam

Nest Cam

Our Conservation Efforts

Potential Wildlife Conservation Representatives

These representatives support the wildlife conservation efforts in Eagle Mountain City by providing their expertise and involvement in the community for resolving a variety of challenges.

Preserving Natural Living Space

Our city boundaries make us one of Utah’s geographically largest cities. Rapid growth will have us filling the over 50 square miles of buildable land in the not-too-distant future. However, with much of the land still yet to be developed, Eagle Mountain City has a unique opportunity to plan a city that preserves open spaces and the natural habitats of wildlife in ways that others simply cannot. One of the most significant ways Eagle Mountain has already done this is through the creation of a wildlife corridor that passes through the center of the city. The wildlife corridor prevents development on lands that are the proven and consistent migration routes of large herds of mule deer. The Tickville Wash also traverses much of Eagle Mountain City and is home to many wildlife species. The City has made significant efforts to work with state and local experts to monitor the conditions of the wash and preserve areas along the wash to ensure wildlife can continue to thrive. Where areas are unable to be preserved for wildlife, Eagle Mountain City works with local experts to ensure additional resources are contributed to other areas that can be preserved such as the deploying nesting boxes for the American Kestrel. Eagle Mountain City will continue to make preservation of natural living space for wildlife a top priority.

 

Managing Impacts of Growth

High growth has been part of the story of Eagle Mountain City nearly from its incorporation. The speed of the growth seems to only increase year after year. The growth can cause concern about the impacts on the environment, local wildlife, and qualify of life for residents. Eagle Mountain City aims to be forward-thinking and to be ahead of potential environmental impacts as much as possible. One way the City has done this was by adopting lighting standards to abide by the dark sky initiative. This initiative aims to reduce overall light pollution. By introducing this long before the city is fully built-out, we have a greater chance of maintaining the ability to see our night sky in years to come. Additionally, Eagle Mountain City participates in the Tree City USA program organized by The Arbor Day Foundation. This program requires aggressive tree planting and management practices. Finally, Eagle Mountain City incorporates environmental planning and wildlife impact assessment within its planning processes. Known wildlife habitats, ridgelines, water run-off, and many other factors are considered prior to project approval. Although there is not much we can do to slow the growth, we can help to minimize the impact on our environment and local wildlife.

Combining & Coordinating Efforts

Eagle Mountain City relies on the expertise of many individuals, groups, and agencies to ensure we are planning well and doing enough to protect the local wildlife. These partnerships allow us to tap into expertise and resources we might not otherwise have and help us to refine some of our guiding documents such as the General Plan and Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan. Our work has included cooperative efforts alongside the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, local trails groups, and with area developers who take guidance from Eagle Mountain in how they plan their projects. Over time, these partnerships will help us to advance our conservation efforts, especially in regards to helping us obtain additional funding. Eagle Mountain City has big plans, including the possibility of a wildlife bridge over Pony Express Parkway. But these plans need funding the surpass what the City can handle on its own. We hope that coordinating with our incredible partners will lead to innovative and effective wildlife conservation solutions.

Eagle Mountain Kestrel Project

S.R. 73 Expansion Environmental Study

Historic Site Preservation

Although Eagle Mountain City was only founded in 1996, the Cedar Valley has long seen activity from various groups and cultures. The City takes historic preservation very seriously and actively preserves known sites of historic significance. One of the most at-risk evidences of past inhabitants of the Cedar Valley is rock art preserved as petroglyphs that date back to the Fremont Native American people. You can read more about the history of these people using the links below. Eagle Mountain city prohibits development within a certain distance of the petroglyphs and has erected barriers to protect these petroglyphs. We ask that all residents or visitors refrain from handling or altering any petroglyph art, and to report any new sightings of unprotected petroglyphs to the City.

History of Fremont Period

Utah State Historic Preservation Office

 





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