Are you willing to get your hands dirty to help deer in Utah? If so, youвЂ™re exactly the type of person Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are looking for. This spring, wildlife biologists will do on-the-ground projects to help mule deer and other wildlife across Utah. And they need your help.
вЂњThe work can be somewhat strenuous,вЂќ says Blaine Cox, the DWRвЂ™s volunteer coordinator in southwestern Utah.В вЂњBut itвЂ™s very rewarding to stand back at the end of the day and see what youвЂ™ve accomplished.вЂќ
You can help on a variety of projects.В For example, in past years, volunteers have helped thin pinion and juniper trees.В TheyвЂ™ve also built structures that allow deer and elk to escape from a highway if they find themselves too close to a road.
There are several ways to learn about projects and to sign up to help:
At https://go.usa.gov/4on, youвЂ™ll find a list of volunteer projects across Utah.
When you arrive at the Web page, youвЂ™ll see that the projects are divided into categories.В Just click on the category youвЂ™re interested in, and a list of all of the projects in that category will pop up. The list is updated as new projects are added. You do NOT need to be part of the Dedicated Hunter program to volunteer.
For more information, call the nearest DWR office or the DWRвЂ™s Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.