Hunters who plan to pursue waterfowl on the Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve near Moab are advised that an ongoing habitat restoration project may impact waterfowl hunting there this fall.

The project, which includes dredging the central pond, is scheduled to take place from Wednesday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 31. Hunters should exercise caution during this period, as construction personnel may be in the area.

While the dredging may temporarily impact waterfowl hunting this fall, officials say it will improve waterfowl habitat at the preserve for years to come.

The dredging, which is part of Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, is the second phase in a series of wetland improvements at the preserve. The improvements will benefit the endangered razorback sucker, waterfowl and other wildlife associated with the Colorado River floodplain, help restore river connectivity and improve wildlife management capability on 449 acres of wetlands within the preserve.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and The Nature Conservancy own and operate the preserve.

Dredging on central pond scheduled for Nov. 1 to Dec. 31

For more information about the project, visit, or call the DWR’s Southeastern Region office at 435-613-3700.