Utah DWR acquires ‘priceless’ Cinnamon Creek property at auction

Cinnamon Creek. Photo: Utah DWR

CACHE / WEBER COUNTIES, Utah, Nov. 16, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was named the winning auction Tuesday at a public auction for the Cinnamon Creek property in the counties of Cache and Weber, which “will become an invaluable wildlife management area,” officials said.

The 8,107-acre property is located west of Ant Flat Road, just north of the Cache / Weber county line, a DWR press release said. It was previously owned by the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration and is named after Cinnamon Creek, which runs through the property. The DWR rents public access to hunting and fishing on SITLA lands, so that the public can hunt and fish on the property.

The public auction opened on November 9 and ended on Tuesday with the DWR winning the auction with the help of several partners who have committed significant funding including the Mule Deer Foundation, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Nature Conservancy. , the State of Utah, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The Cinnamon Creek property provides important public access for hunting, angling and other wildlife-related recreation in northern Utah in a predominantly private area,” said DWR Deputy Director, Mike Canning. “It also contains important habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse.

“In addition, Cinnamon Creek contains a population of genetically pure Bonneville cutthroat trout. We will manage the area as a Wildlife Management Area to continue to provide critical habitat for wildlife and will also continue to provide access for hunting and fishing.

This area will become the 193rd Wildlife Management Area in Utah. In addition to providing hunting and fishing areas for people, wildlife management areas help to minimize and mitigate the depredation of wildlife on private property and are essential in providing wintering and rest areas. important food for many wildlife, including big game.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the conservation groups who also realized the importance of this property to wildlife and the public, and contributed funds to enable us to purchase it,” said Canning. “We also appreciate the support of the Utah Legislature – including Rep. Casey Snider, whose district includes this property – throughout this process. This would not have been possible without the contributions and support of our many partners. We are delighted to have preserved another area for wildlife and wildlife related recreation.

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