Compendium of Budget Information for the 2010 General Session
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Large structural projects or habitat improvements are included in the Wildlife Resources - Capital Budget. They include projects such as fish hatchery reconstruction, shooting centers, or related structures. Currently there is only one active program in this line item: the Fisheries Program.
Two dollars of each fishing license fee or combination license fee are deposited into the State Fish Hatchery Maintenance Restricted Funds, which together with the earned interest, constitute the revenue source for this restricted fund.
This is the only program currently used in this line item. It is used to improve fisheries access, enhance motorboat access and facilities, improve fish hatcheries, and enlarge fish habitat.
The Division operates 10 hatcheries in Bicknell, Hatch, Fountain Green, Mantua, Glenwood, Kamas, Springville, Loa, Midway and Whiterocks. The Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (URMCC) has committed funds to rebuild or repair the facilities as part of Central Utah Project (CUP) mitigation. For the past several years the Legislature has appropriated $800,000 General Funds per year to the Division to match the CUP funds.
In FY 2007 this program received a large amount of federal funds through the Fish and Wildlife Service, under Section 6 program, designed to protect endangered species in Washington County. In order to receive the federal funding the Division had to provide a 10 percent state match, for which the Division used lands donated by the Division of Parks and Recreation (valued at $2,118,200).
The funding was used to make three purchases to help preserve land used for the desert tortoise and other wildlife bio-diversity species. The first purchase was for 320 acres from SITLA at a cost of $13,166,600. The other two purchases were from private land owners, allowing the Division to acquire 124 acres at a cost of $8,015,000.