About the Public Lands Office

Our Mission:

To coordinate, promote, and implement Utah’s public land priorities.

Our Vision:

To empower all to enjoy and flourish from Utah’s public lands, providing Utahns with unique and lasting opportunities for access, economic prosperity, and stewardship.

Our Objectives

Advocate balanced and sustainable stewardship of Utah’s public lands.

Educate the public and elected officials regarding public land issues.

Promote the responsible use and preservation of archaeological resources.

Defend the public lands policies of the State.

Facilitate the exchange of information and recommendations among agencies, and act as the unified voice of the State for public lands policy.

Our Work

Development and Coordination of Policy Initiatives

  • We developed and coordinate the State’s public lands policy initiatives.

Resource Development Coordinating Committee (RDCC)

Constitutional Defense Council (CDC)

  • We provide research and administrative support to the Constitutional Defense Council that advises the Governor and the Legislature on federal intrusion into matters reserved to the states.


  • We defend the State’s policies and interests on public lands by providing research, staff, and litigation support to the Attorney General’s Office.


  • We work to preserve thousands of archaeological sites located on Utah’s public lands. We coordinate the preservation of our archaeological heritage with other state and federal agencies. We also issue permits to regulate proper survey and excavation of archaeological resources.

State Planning Coordinator

  • We cooperate with the state planning coordinator to develop policies, plans, programs, and processes related to the state planning coordinator’s duties.