What is Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative?
Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) is a partnership based program in Utah to improve high priority watersheds throughout the state. WRI is sponsored by the Utah Partners for Conservation and Development and is in its 15th year. The Watershed Program focuses on improving three ecosystem values: 1) watershed health and biological diversity, 2) water quality and yield, and 3) opportunities for sustainable uses of natural resources. WRI is a bottom-up initiative where project planning, review, and ranking occur at a local level. Five regional teams elect their own leaders, establish focus areas, review, score and rank project proposals using a comprehensive project prioritization score sheet, and assist their members in implementing projects. See the "News" section for more details.Tyler Thompson - Director, Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative
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Latest WRI News
WRI recently launched social media accounts on both Twitter and Facebook! Follow us for WRI announcements and program highlights, partner stories and project highlights and other relevant restoration news, events […]
Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and its partners announce funding decisions for the upcoming FY 2022 project implementation season. 114 of the 162 project proposals submitted to WRI for implementation […]
Recent Peer Reviewed Article Outlines Positive Impacts of WRI Sponsored Pinyon Juniper Removal Projects in Utah
Recent publication looking at 15 years of WRI sponsored woodland reduction projects across 129 different sites in Utah shows the overall positive effects of these treatment types, but also illustrates […]
WRI has been getting a lot of questions lately about why we spend so much time and money removing Pinyon and Juniper trees here in Utah. This excellent Frequently Asked […]
Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and its partners announced funding decisions for the upcoming fiscal year 2021 project implementation season. 101 of the 147 project proposals submitted to WRI for […]
WRI project manager and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Partners Biologist Clint Wirick pens this recent article for The Mule Deer Foundation’s January/February 2020 magazine. Clint talks about his experience with […]