The Nature Conservancy and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) announced that the south portion of the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve will be closed to the public for safety reasons until further notice following a recent wildfire.
On June 6 and 7, a wildfire west of Moab burned roughly 65 acres of vegetation in the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve. A portion of the preserve’s native vegetation, trail system, bridge and interpretive exhibits were damaged. The Conservancy and UDWR are grateful for the swift and effective response of local fire and emergency officials.
The Matheson Preserve is jointly managed by the Conservancy and DWR to protect important ecological values and wildlife habitat, and to serve as a public education resource to the community.
Preserve managers Linda Whitham (The Nature Conservancy) and Chris Wood (DWR) are working on plans for restoration of the burn area, which will be implemented in the next few weeks. The Conservancy and UDWR apologize for the inconvenience and request that the public comply with this temporary closure.
For questions or further information, please call 435-259-4629.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.