Habitat Management Plan at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge open for comment

12 June 2020 Published in News & Events

A draft Habitat Management Plan (HMP) has been released for the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. This HMP has been much anticipated as the last time a plan was issued for this refuge was 2004. The public comment period is now open and runs through June 28th. 

The proposed plan calls for management and enhancement of the deltaic wetland and upland habitats, management and restoration of wet meadow and upland habitats on the Wasatch slope, and maintenance of the existing hydrologic and topographic integrity of the refuge. It will accomplish these goals within the context of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. The plan will include removal of levees that impede sheet flow of water from the Bear River and removal of ditches that attract phragmites and artificial islands that are non-functioning. Strategies used will work to mimic natural hydrologic conditions and will take into consideration climate change and varying water availability. This plan should improve habitat for spring and fall migrants as well as year round residents.

If you would like to review this draft plan, click on Draft Habitat Management Plan, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. You may email your comments to bearriver@fws.gov and include "HMP Comments" in the subject line.


Why We Care

  • The whole environment of Great Salt Lake is a place of wonder. Life abounds in water, on islands, and about the marshland edges where migratory birds find refuge during long flights north and south. It is also a source of income for companies around its rim (unfortunately). Challenges for the Lake today are balancing acts. We must continue to foster the generous gifts the Lake provides for wildlife, community, and visitors as well as make peace with the human intrusions that threaten not only the Lake’s beauty, but also its very existence as the bountiful center of a thriving community along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

    Maurine Haltiner, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant