The Utah Prairie Dog Oversight Group (UPDOG) formerly known as UPDRIP (Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Implementation Program) establishes a multi-agency cooperative effort intended to implement the USFWS Recovery Plan and the State's Utah Prairie Dog Management Plan for Non-federal Lands by coordinating and facilitating the recovery of the Utah prairie dog while balancing and accommodating land uses and needs of the human population within the species range.
Several existing ongoing initiatives fall under the "umbrella" of UPDOG, while Partners also work to produce new cooperative projects on the ground to expedite recovery of the UPD and provide assistance to local landowners.
In addition, UPDOG provides the option to incorporate conservation and recovery actions for other native species within the range of the Utah prairie dog to the extent that such actions are consistent with the program goals.
Specifically, UPDOG goals are to:
Goal 1: Recover the Utah prairie dog so that it no longer requires protection under the Endangered Species Act; and
Goal 2: Allow for existing land uses and continued growth and development within the historic range of the Utah prairie dog.
- UPDOG partners are assessing conservation strategies for the Utah prairie dog. The next meeting will be held March 14, 2017 in Cedar City.