Note: Coordinates above are for Bicknell Bottoms, which is number Southwest 36 for the Utah Birding Trail Maps.

Parker Mountain has one of the largest contiguous tracts of sagebrush in Utah. The Parker Mountain IBA includes many of the major landowners who are part of the Parker Mountain Sub-unit of the Parker Mountain Resource Area. The Resource Area has been subdivided into 3 subunits, corresponding to Greater Sage-Grouse breeding complexes. These breeding complexes are based on geographic boundaries and groupings of leks. Although movement between complexes is likely, the complexes represent discrete subpopulations of Sage-Grouse in the Resource Area. Of the three units the Parker Mountain Sub-unit has the highest use by Greater Sage-Grouse. The total acreage in the Parker Mountain Sub-unit is approximately 672,800 acres. Acreage included in the Parker Mountain IBA is approximately 592,400 acres for the four major landowners listed under ownership. Private landowners are the other major landowners not included in the Parker Mountain IBA. At this point in time an attempt has not been made to include all of these landowners. The Parker Mountain Sub-unit includes Bicknell Bottoms WMA to the east and Fish Lake to the north. A more detailed map of the area can be found by going to www.utahcbcp.org/htm/groups/parkermountain.

The Parker Mountain Adaptive Resource Management (PARM) Working Group began meeting in 1998. PARM was organized to assist local communities in Wayne and Piute Counties to address Greater Sage-grouse conservation and local socio-economic issues. The group has focused its efforts on restoring rangeland vegetation diversity on Parker Mountain. PARM believes these efforts will benefit both local communities and Greater Sage-grouse populations.

Name/Group_PARM c/oUtah State University Extension Logan Utah
Address____5230 Old Main Hill__
City State Zip_Logan, UT 84322-5230_
Phone___435-797-3975
Website: http://utahcbcp.org/

Ornithological Summary

Parker Mountain is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area.

The Parker Mountain IBA includes a great diversity of habitats, supporting numerous bird species. A bird species list for the area has not yet been developed, so the number of different species in the area is not currently known. Parker Mountain qualified as an IBA primarily due to survey data of Greater Sage-Grouse, which is on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sensitive species list. In 1972 counts of Greater Sage-Grouse provided numbers of 311 males and an estimated spring population of 3,415 on the Parker Mountain Sub-unit. Total numbers of males counted on all leks from 2004 to 2006 averaged 710 males on the Parker Mountain Sub-unit. Other state sensitive species that have been documented within the Parker Mountain Sub-unit include Northern Goshawk, Burrowing Owl, and American Three-toed Woodpecker.

The Greater Sage-Grouse is also included in the list of Utah Partner?s in Flight priority species. Other Partner?s in Flight priority species observed on the Parker Mountain sub-unit include Brewer?s Sparrow, Black-necked Stilt, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Three-toed Woodpecker, Black Swift, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Detailed survey counts for these species are not currently available. Additional Species in the area included in the Utah Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy are Sage Thrasher and Williamson?s Sapsucker.

Note: The primary reason for the Parker Mountain IBA is the use of the area by Greater Sage-Grouse. However, there is detailed survey information regarding Northern Goshawk from the U.S. Forest Service. Also, there are numerous other species that use the area in good numbers. A more complete listing of bird species and numbers would be useful to obtain and show. This information should be obtained for future updates of the Parker Mountain IBA.

Conservation Issues

The Parker Mountain Adaptive Resource Management (PARM) Working Group began meeting in 1998 and has met with great success in improving Greater Sage-Grouse habitat as well as numbers of Greater Sage-Grouse. A recent plan entitled, Parker Mountain Greater Sage-Grouse Local Conservation Plan, 2006 (www.utahcbcp.org/htm/groups/parkermountain) documents many of these efforts and successes.

In addition to Greater Sage-Grouse the Parker Mountain Sub-unit is also inhabited by a significant population of Utah Prairie dogs. Most of the prairie dogs are found on SITLA lands and the USFS. SITLA has worked to protect 2 areas which developers in Iron County can use as a mitigation bank and receive mitigation credits.

Ownership

The following provides the agency and approximate number of acres for the four major landowners in the Parker Mountain Sub-unit who are part of the Parker Mountain IBA: Forest Service, 276,300 acres; BLM, 183,500 acres; Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, 132,000 acres; and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, 670 acres.

Habitat

The major habitats in the area include Pinyon-Juniper, Shrub-steppe, Ponderosa Pine, Grassland and Mountain Shrub. Numerous other habitats are also included in the area.

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