The Association's active committees endeavor to contribute and carry out a variety of wildlife-oriented projects and social outings to enjoy Utah's outdoors.
In our early years we provided millions of trout from our own fish hatchery for stocking lakes and streams here in Utah. For many years we have worked hand-in-had with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), our state's fish and game agency. An example of our close relationship is demonstrated by a $10,000 donation to UDWR towards additional Federal matching funds to purchase specialized equipment for their various fish hatcheries throughout the state.
We have worked so closely with the UDWR that when we sold our fish hatchery to them in the 70's we ended up with a gentleman's agreement to receive a hatchery truck load of "catchable" rainbow trout every year in perpetuity to use wherever we choose. Although we have traditionally used that "allotment" to stock fisheries for annual Free Fishing Day events, more often than not, we have sought to help out UDWR by having them stocked into waters with special needs. Restocking lakes like Strawberry Reservoir after they have been poisoned to eliminate rough fish populations is often where they go.
Over the years our members have participated in many stream rehabilitation projects by planting native plants along their banks. We helped rehabilitate important spawning areas critical to trout and salmon reproduction in the streams of the Strawberry Valley. More recently we aided the UDWR in doing weed removal on the newly rehabilitated Hobble Creek a tributary to Utah Lake.
Our contributions to fishing over the years have literally covered all aspects of the sport. We helped UDWR to stock channel catfish into the Jordan River, and have supported their efforts to establish Community Fisheries, including Willow Pond situated near our clubhouse here in Murray. We donated the seed money to create the fishing pier on another Community Fishery, Farmington City Pond. We donated fishing tackle crafting kits and the original Fishing Simulator to UDWR to promote fishing among both the young and old alike. Participated in a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources= Starvation Reservoir Walleye Removal Project for two consecutive years to improve fishing success. We organized and ran the Grantsville Reservoir Catch-and-Release Fishing Derby for three consecutive years to demonstrate that salmonid fishing contests can be successful without harming the fishery.
The SLCF&GA has been involved in introductions of game animals for decades. Many do not know that we were instrumental in transplanting elk from Wyoming back into Utah after populations in the state had essentially been eliminated by over hunting and agricultural interests. We helped with initial introductions of Rocky Mountain goats into the Wasatch Mountains. More recent game projects include helping the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to introduce Rio Grande turkeys near Herriman by purchasing and releasing them into Yellow Fork Canyon. Since then we have continued to monitor that population, and even harvested some toms from those flocks.
SLCF&GA has participated in a variety of other small and large game projects over the years. We have contributed to the purchase and donation of grazing rights for transplanted Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, and critical winter deer range. We transported medicated apple mash feed to sick bighorn sheep. We helped with the reseeding and additional access to the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Refuge. We worked with the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation with a Re-vegetation / Electric Fence Project / Bison Corral Cleaning Project with the aid of some Dedicated Hunters on Antelope Island.
We participated with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Yampa River Channel Catfish Removal Project to protect endangered fishes of the Colorado River for years. We have participated on the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program on Utah Lake for over a decade.
SLCF&GA has long worked to gain increased public access. We worked with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to obtain important land in the Bookcliffs region which allowed public access to previously closed prime big game habitat. We made contributions to make the Knolls public access on Utah Lake possible. We helped the UDWR to build a Boardwalk Extension at the Strawberry Visitors' Center to better view spawning trout and salmon.
Many Utahns know of our organization through our active role in introducing the state's youth to Fishing. For example, during our association with Get Hooked On Fishing we were recognized as hosting the second largest free fishing day clinic at that time in the United States with over 1,000 children participating in a single day. Our involvement with youth fishing clinics including Go Fish Utah, Utah's Free Fishing Day, etc. have introduced thousands of inner city children to fishing.
Although our organization started as a "hook and bullet" social group, we have evolved over the decades to embrace all aspects of wildlife values. We recently published "The Vertebrates of the Jordan River Corridor" list, primarily aimed at urban wildlife watchers in the Salt Lake Valley, but also valuable for those living to the north and south of the Jordan. We co-sponsored Bald Eagle Day for many years.
As a member of the Utah Stream Team we have done one or two annual cleanups (one in the spring and the other in the fall) of our adopted reach of the Jordan River (5400 South - 6400 South) near our clubhouse here in Murray. In association with that cleanup we also generally do a project on our own wildlife-oriented clubhouse property on the banks of the river, which is usually followed by a potluck barbeque. Working with the UDWR, Utah Chukar Foundation, and Pheasants Forever we co-sponsored the Youth Pheasant Hunt in Tooele County for many years, and have participated in the Youth Duck Hunt.
For decades we have promoted the creation of Utah's first Wildlife Center somewhere along the Jordan River. It is anticipated that such a facility would operate as a clearing house of information and participation for all of the nature-oriented organizations here in Utah. We spent $14,000 just to create a presentation portfolio to facilitate the partnering and fundraising of such a facility.