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Utah State Biological Resource Considerations (12-UT-a)

Utah does not have an incidental take permit process. Typically, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources becomes involved during the 9-UT-a: Energy Pre-Design Meeting Process. Utah has entered into several mitigation agreements with energy proponents on big projects and even a few on small projects. Parties have mitigated direct and indirect impacts to mule deer winter range (protected habitat) and some state sensitive species.

State Biological Resource Considerations Process

12-UT-a.1 - Consult regarding potential impacts on fish and wildlife

In order to accurately assess the impacts of the project on Utah's habitats, the developer is encouraged to consult with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

12-UT-a.2 - Conduct study to determine impacts on fish and wildlife (optional)

An independent contractor may study potential impacts for the developer in order to determine whether there will be impacts on Utah's sensitive species.

12-UT-a.3 - Determine whether there will be impacts to local fish and wildlife populations including species of special concern

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will verify that the project does not negatively impact Utah sensitive species. Utah's list of sensitive species by county is especially helpful in determining the species the department will be investigating.

12-UT-a.4 - Mitigation Agreement (optional)

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources webpage does not contain links to sample mitigation agreements. However, a mitigation agreement would be similar to the memorandum of understanding between Oregon and the Bonneville Power Administration. Utah has entered into mitigation agreements to protect habitat and sensitive species.

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