Wildlife Sensitive Planning in Manila
Our Wildlife Corridors Map as recognized by the Town leaders, shows main areas of migration or desired migration for Mule Deer, Red Tailed Fox and other friendly animals of the community. It could easily be argued that the entire town boundaries are home to several forms of wildlife throughout the year. Obviously as the season winds down, population levels decrease and the winter chill settles upon the Uintas, more wildlife look to the Town and adjacent lands for winter haven. It’s common to find deer eating berries from an olive tree, a fox leaping through the fields or a cotton tail nestled under a pine. With the unique winter weather found in the Lucerne Valley most years find the snow levels rather mild which allows wildlife the ability to find food and shelter from the subzero cold and wind. New developments will be required to have wildlife sensitive designs including vegetation plans and relaxed density friendly to wildlife corridors and our rural community character. This is part of the General Plans Smart Growth policy which looks to protect skylines, ridgelines, vegetation corridors, hillside migration and agricultural lands that make up the character of Manila, Utah.
Common friends to residents and visitors of Manila which migrate from the West and South out of Agricultural lands and also from the foothills on the North and East portions of Town. They enjoy the protection of trees and undeveloped hillsides as they peacefully move throughout our Town. Berries from the Olive Trees are an absolute favorite especially during the winter months when the Town’s population drops to only a few hundred.
Cotton Tail Rabbit:
When you slow down and notice, it becomes hard to find too many spots in town that the cottontail doesn't like to call home. They are particularly fond of properties with evergreen vegetation providing year-round shelter and comfort.
Red Tailed Fox:
These beautiful and graceful hunters of mice and other small critters enjoy our tall field grasses and open spaces found on the outskirts. As the community grows it will be necessary to create interior Town corridors friendly to the Fox and other wildlife that bring balance to our rural ecosystem.
Cougar & Bobcat:
Almost never seen in the developed or residential areas of Town, they mostly make their home in the undeveloped foothills which makes up our Northern and Eastern boundaries. These view sensitive backdrops to our Town are dotted with cedars/junipers and home to these majestic cats.
Birds of Prey:
Owls, Bald Eagles and Coopers Hawks are a few of the more common birds of prey found drifting the across the skylines of Manila. This region is home to several small birds and critters which make for favorite hunting grounds to these beautiful friends of the sky.
Canadian Geese, Snow Goose, Sand Hill Crane, Alaskan Barrow's Goldeneye and several species of waterfowl make the Lucerne Valley a migratory home for different times of the year. Some enjoy the comforts of our community enough that they call the Flaming Gorge Region their year-round home and are often noticed in the already breathtaking morning and evening skies.
Bird watchers have often remarked on the Flaming Gorge Region for its incredibly diverse variety. With such a vast geological change from desert flats to deep pines all packed into the smallest County of Utah, many of these birds enjoy part or full time residency in Manila.
Town Wildlife Map:
Map is currently under review by Town Staff