Endangered Species Mitigation Fund
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Endangered Species Mitigation Fund

Protection, research, management and conservation

Utah's Endangered Species Mitigation Fund — now managed within the Division of Wildlife Resources — has a mission to protect Utah's plant and animal species of greatest conservation need, as well as species recognized as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

ESMF funding is allocated for each Utah state government fiscal year (July 1–June 30). To apply for ESMF funding, submit your project proposal by close of business on the first Friday in January for work during the following fiscal year.

June sucker fish

The primary objective of ESMF is to direct funds toward the protection, conservation and recovery of federally listed species and species of greatest conservation need as identified in the Utah Wildlife Action Plan. Working with partners, our goal is to prevent additional species from being listed under the ESA, and work toward downlisting or delisting species already listed under the ESA.


Please contact Paul Thompson, DWR ESMF administrator, if you have questions about the ESMF or need assistance with project submissions.

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  • 801-791-4034

Want to learn more? Listen to the DWR "Wild" podcast!

In this episode, Paul Thompson and June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program Assistant Program Director Russ Franklin with the Central Utah Water Conservancy District talk about the Wildlife Action Plan and Endangered Species Mitigation Fund, including how they work and some of the success stories of wildlife species that have been helped through these efforts.

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