- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) - Utah wildlife officials officially broke ground this week on what will be a new education facility at the Great Salt Lake wetlands.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources trumpeted the start of construction on a wildlife education center in Farmington.

The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Wildlife Education Center will be comprised of three buildings at the northern end of the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. It will house an auditorium, classroom and exhibit hall, according to KSL-TV in Salt Lake City (https://bit.ly/2cfw7qe).

Visitors will have a chance to learn about the marshlands and migratory bird life.

“It’s for students, it’s for wildlife enthusiasts, it’s for families to bring their kids out or grandkids out and learn about the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake,” Division of Wildlife Resources Executive Director Greg Sheehan said.

Sheehan also assured that the buildings would not be eyesores. They will be designed to blend in.

“We didn’t want to go out in these wonderful wetlands around the Great Salt Lake and build a big tall building,” Sheehan said. “Even the rooftops of these buildings will have vegetation on them.”

The project means the realization of a long-held dream for the Division of Wildlife Resources but finding money was always the challenge. The project is getting funding through the state Legislature, Wildlife Resources and private donations.

The center is expected to be finished in late 2017. Officials say the complex will also be available to rent for large events or exhibitions.

Retired elementary school teacher Stephanie Povey brought classes to the wetlands regularly. She thinks teachers will be happy about having a space to enhance the experience for students.

“I can’t think of a better way to help kids understand the ecosystem of the wetlands than bringing them to the wetlands,” Povey said. “They get it.”


Information from: KSL-TV, https://www.ksl.com/

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