Why You Should Visit
An 18-mile pristine riparian corridor, the Wild Strawberry River is one of Utah's most productive brown and cutthroat trout fisheries. Steep canyon walls and lush cottonwood forests and dogwood-willow-rose undergrowth protect birds of prey, mountain lions and numerous other mammal and bird species. If you enjoy fishing the Strawberry, visit the Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in Idaho.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Strawberry boasts high-quality riparian habitat and pristine fisheries. Populations of Colorado River cutthroat trout, flannelmouth sucker, and bluehead sucker are supported in the Strawberry and its tributaries. TNC seized on an opportunity to collaborate with partners to protect this vital river stretch, and secure the future of its outstanding fish and wildlife values.
What the Conservancy Is Doing
In 1987, TNC brokered Utah’s first cooperative land preservation effort between a private conservation organization and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). TNC’s initial purchases within the corridor, in cooperation with USBR and the Division of Wildlife Resources, protected the Strawberry from imminent development. Acquisition of approximately 5,600 acres brought nearly 14 miles of the river under protection, which TNC transferred to USBR. Today the area is managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Learn more about how TNC protects watersheds.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, UT Division of Wildlife Resources