Utah Releases Updated Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan

In 2017 and 2018, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in coordination with the governor’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, worked with a broad group of stakeholders to review the existing (2013) plan and recommend further improvements. Governor Herbert says the updated plan incorporates new science, knowledge and key lessons learned, while building on the progress made under the past …

2019 Legislative Session

The 2019 session of the Utah Legislature begins on Monday, January 28. Our office is looking forward to a couple of events, in particular: Rural Day on the Hill and Outdoor Recreation Day on the Hill. See you on the Hill.

Bellwether Initiative and Trial

On July 31, 2015, and on its own initiative, the Federal District Court for the District of Utah entered an order establishing a process designed to ultimately result in a more efficient way of processing the 12,500 right-of-way claims throughout the state. The order creates a “Bellwether” process by which the parties have now stipulated to, and the Court has …

Grazing Working Group

The Grazing Working Group hosted a series of meetings statewide in December. For more information, contact Troy Forrest at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: 435-279-3603.

The Governor’s Petition to the U.S.D.A for a state-specific roadless rule

The 2001 Roadless Rule is a Forest Service regulation that prohibits most timber cutting and road building in certain forest lands known as “Inventoried Roadless Areas.”  Approximately 49% of all of Utah’s Forest Service lands are impacted by the Roadless Rule. While in some areas the Roadless Rule has helped protect important “roadless values” such as solitude and naturalness, in other …