Date of Award:


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Master of Science (MS)


Wildland Resources

Department name when degree awarded

Wildlife Management


J.B. Low


The Locomotive Springs Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, located on the north shore of Great Salt Lake, Utah, is a state-owned area of about 12,000 acres. Six springs arise from the desert floor and flow south and south-east toward Great Salt Lake. The refuge encompasses these springs and their outflows. The area, while predominately vegetated by the Sarcobatus-Atriplex type, has 1,200 acres of open water and about 2,560 acres of marsh and stream-channel edges. The area was purchased by the State of Utah in 1934 with the express purpose of providing waterfowl hunting for the general public who could not afford to hunt on the privately owned duck clubs that encompassed much of the better waterfowl marsh areas of Great Salt Lake (Cook, 1932).

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