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 2011-2012 Utah Angler Survey

Project Summary Report

This report presents results derived from an on-line random sample survey of both Utah residents and non-residents who were licensed to fish in the State across a 12-month period extending from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. The survey was designed to provide estimates of angling activity and harvest activities across the state as a whole, and at specific key locations.

Prepared by R.S. Krannich, R.J. Lilieholm, and J. Unger for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources


2011 Attitudinal Survey of Utah Anglers

Project Summary Report

Since the late 1960s the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been conducting or commissioning periodic statewide surveys of Utah anglers, with a focus primarily on providing estimates of angler activity, catch and harvest levels both statewide and at specific fishing waters. The latest of these surveys, conducted during 2011-2012, differed from prior statewide angler surveys in several ways. First, the survey was conducted using internet-based survey procedures, a major departure from the traditional mail survey methods used in previous periodic angler surveys. In addition, the 2011-2012 study included for the first time a broad-ranging attitudinal survey component, conducted separately from the year-long survey process focused on fishing activity, catch and harvest.  This report summarizes the results derived from the attitudinal survey component of that larger study effort. Responses to all or most of the survey questions were provided by over 1,600 resident and nonresident purchasers of licenses that allowed them to fish in Utah at any point in time during the first 10 months of 2011.

Prepared by R.S. Krannich, J. Unger, and R. Lilieholm for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources


The Economic Contribution of Agriculture to the Economy of Utah in 2011

This study of the economic contribution of agriculture to the Utah economy defines the agricultural sector as composed of production agriculture and food processing.  Our economic impact analysis captures the direct sales (output) of agriculturally-oriented businesses within the state, as well as the indirect and induced (multiplier) effects of these expenditures.  The production agriculture and processing sectors generate $285 million in state and local taxes. This includes $209 million in indirect business taxes, $68 million in personal taxes, and $18 million in corporate taxes.  The production agriculture and processing sectors generate $298 million in federal taxes (not including Social Security taxes). This includes $25 million in indirect business taxes, $133 million in personal income taxes, and $140 million in corporate profits taxes.  Employment in the food processing sector accounts for just under 15% of all manufacturing employment in Utah.

Prepared by Ruby A. Ward, Paul M. Jakus, and Lassina Coulibaly


The Economic Contribution and Benefits of Utah's Blue Ribbon Fisheries

Recreational fishing provides a significant economic impact to the Utah economy and economic benefit to anglers. The purpose of this study is to estimate the economic contribution and the value associated with recreational fishing in Utah, with a special focus on those waters designated as Blue Ribbon Fisheries (BRF). Estimates of economic impact and economic benefit will assist policy makers and advisory boards in formulating efficient and sustainable fisheries management policies in Utah.

Prepared by Man-Keun Kim and Paul M. Jakus


Wolves in Utah: An Analysis of Potential Impacts and Recommendations for Management

Report in Natural Resources and Environmental Issues 2002

This report was developed to answer some questions, such as: 
• What is the current status of wolves in the West? How likely is it that wolves will end up in Utah? If they do, what is their legal status?
• Where is the best wolf habitat? What are the key variables in determining potential wolf habitat? How many wolves could live in Utah?
• How do people in Utah feel about wolves?
• What is the potential for wolf-human conflicts in Utah?
• How can livestock depredation on private lands and public lands be prevented or minimized? Will the presence of wolves lead to restrictions on public land use? How will we deal with livestock depredations when they occur? What can ranchers do to protect their livestock if wolves are present?
• How would ranchers be compensated for wolf predation of their livestock? Who will pay for depredations?
• Will wolf predation depress game populations? Will wolves reduce hunter opportunity or success?
• Who will manage wolves? Who will pay for management? Should Utah develop a management plan? What process should be used to develop a wolf management plan for the state of Utah?

It was meant to stimulate discussion on other topics, and make recommendations that should assist in the integration of wolves into the social, economic, and biological fabric of Utah. It is organized by topic, each of which is readable as an independent section.

Prepared by T. Adam Switalski, Trey Simmons, Shiree L. Duncan, Andreas S. Chavez, and Robert H. Schmidt