The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources wants to develop a visitor and education center at Farmington Bay. However, the project is still conceptual and lacks specific plans or funding.
Representatives from the Division of Wildlife Resources told the City Council on Wednesday of its strong desire for a wetlands interpretive center for the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area on the city's west side."This is really the beginning stages," Jacob Faibisch, the information and interpretive manager for the Ogden Division of Wildlife Sources, said. "We're still seeking funding."
He said funding from both the state Legislature and private groups, who are involved in wetlands or the Great Salt Lake, is being examined.
"Our main emphasis is providing unique educational opportunities," Faibisch said.
He believes local schoolchildren and bird watchers would especially benefit from such a center. He also doesn't foresee it being a fee area.
"We want it as accessible as possible," he said.
Faibisch said the center would likely include a boardwalk and nature trails.
Robert Hasenyager, northern regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Resources also believes schoolchildren would especially benefit from such a visitor center. He also said it will benefit Farmington and surrounding cities, with trails connecting to the Farmington Creek path.
"We find this exciting," Mayor Greg Bell said.
In addition, Hasenyager believes the DWR could assist subdivision developers on Farmington's west side by managing their wetlands.
Recently, the Boyer Company announced plans for clustering homes on the northwest corner of their west Farmington property, while leaving the majority of the land dedicated as open space. Some of that open space is wet-lands.
"Farmington city, especially the west side, has unique wildlife, wetland and upland resources," Hasenyager said.
City manager Max Forbush said Boyer Company has indicated some of that open space might be farmed. Hasenyager said that's OK because preserving agricultural use is important to birds, too.
DWR representatives also also told the council they plan to expand the existing fishing pier for the handicapped at Farmington Pond, located on the city's northeast side.
The current 20-foot-long pier would be expanded by about 36 feet to better accommodate fishing from wheelchairs. That expansion could be complete by fall.