Environment and Natural Resources
Public Lands and Natural Resources
More that two-thirds of the land area in Utah is administered by a federal or state agency. There lands are used for recreation, grazing, wildlife habitat, mining and other multiple uses. Utah is also one of the most arid states in North America. Policies and programs that affect the use of these resources affect the economic well-being of citizens throughout the state.
Land Use Planning and Open Space
Utah is one of the most urbanized states in the U.S. As a result, there is considerable controversy concerning the use of private lands in the state. Information concerning issues and alternatives for these lands are important to all citizens of the state.
ResourcesWater Quality Trading in Integrated Hydrologic Framework (PDF)
Water Quality Trading in the Bear River Basin Presentation (PPT)
Approximately two-thirds of land area in Utah is managed by an agency of federal or state government. Recreation, grazing by domestic livestock, mineral production, wilderness, wildlife, and wild horses are some of the many uses of these lands. The primary federal agencies that manage these lands include the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Defense and Park Service. Utah's trust lands are administered primarily for the benefit of education. Managers of these lands must consider opinions of user groups that commonly differ concerning the use of these lands. This page provides information that can be used in helping user groups make informed decisions. Web pages maintained by the agencies also contain much useful information.
Public Lands Survey Reports
Public Lands Survey