CEDAR CITY–Martin Tyner, Founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, was honored with a proclamation recognizing his dedication to Utah’s wildlife during last week’s city council meeting.
Mayor Maile Wilson-Edwards read the proclamation and thanked Tyner for his efforts. For 50 years, Tyner has cared for sick, injured or orphaned animals, provided opportunities for education and community events as well as wildlife programs for schools and scout groups. Tyner said he recalled approaching the city council in 1980 about his idea for the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, and although it has been a slow process the organization has made significant progress.
“The city and city council has been very supportive of the work that we’re doing,” Tyner said. “We’ve got the property, we’ve got the walking path, we’ve got the program area, we’ve got the restrooms out there now and we’ve got the bridge.”
Tyner added that Rocky Mountain Power donated property to the organization and that Gilbert Construction donated a 1,200 square foot building that will be turned into a visitor center.
Tyner founded the Southwest Wildlife Foundation in 1997 as an organization dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation and education, as well as the development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.