CEDAR CITY — A 2,000-acre vegetation improvement project will begin Sept. 1 on public and selected private lands located west of Cedar City.

The Bureau of Land Management-Utah, Color Country District, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, in conjunction with Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, will start the project east of the Swett Hills, and north of state Route 56.

The project is expected to improve watershed conditions, increase mule deer habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels for community wildfire protection. The project will consist of aerial seeding desired grasses and forbs, followed by removal of pinyon and juniper and some shrub understory. Work is scheduled to be completed in December.

“This project is being supported and funded by a variety of private, state, and federal cooperators, including Mule Deer Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife,” said BLM natural resource specialist Vicki Tyler.

While the project is active, visitors must adhere to safety signs surrounding the treatment area. For more information and/or to add your email address to a local information contact list, contact Nick Howell at 435-865-3026 or Paul Briggs at 435-865-3002.