How We Created a Vision:
People and
Process

Process for Creating the Vision

To create a vision for the future of outdoor recreation in Utah, a team of experts gathered over a two-year period to share knowledge and extensively research and discuss options. Members of the Agriculture, Public Lands, and Recreation Action Team were selected by Governor Gary Herbert and Envision Utah to represent a spectrum of professional experience and political affiliations. Team members included recreation experts, legislators, county commissioners, city planners, federal and state officials, and others from across the state. From 2013 to 2015, the action team met to identify Utahns’ choices related to recreation, create scenarios for public input, and synthesize a vision for the future. The process of creating this vision also included the following components:

A 2014 values study

his study was conducted by Heart+Mind Strategies to identify (1) what factors Utahns view as affecting their quality of life the most and (2) the underlying emotions and values tied to those factors. The study found that outdoor recreation is one of the top contributors to Utah’s high quality of life. Utahns care about recreation because it provides opportunities for them to spend time with their families and friends and leads to a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle.

The “Build Your 2050 Utah” web app

BuildYour2050.PNGThe “Build Your 2050 Utah” web app. This app allowed Utahns to identify what recreational facilities are most important to them and interactively test the effects of certain decisions concerning recreational investments. More than 3,000 people across Utah gave input through the app. Most shared a strong desire to increase the number of Utah’s recreational facilities to keep up with population growth and tourism.

The action team used this information to create four different scenarios for the future of outdoor recreation in Utah. The four scenarios differed in the amount of investment put into recreational facilities and the extent to which Utah continues to promote tourism outside of the state. These scenarios were presented to the public in the Your Utah, Your Future survey in spring 2015, and 52,845 Utahns weighed in.

After receiving public input on the four recreation scenarios, the action team met to frame a vision, including goals and strategies, to achieve what Utahns said they wanted for outdoor recreation in 2050.

Recreation Action Team

Co-chairs

Leonard Blackham

Former Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Kathleen Clarke

Director, Public Lands Policy Coordination Office

Wendy Fisher

Executive Director, Utah Open Lands

Brad Peterson

Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation

 

Members

  • Alma Adams
    Commissioner, Iron County
  • Bruce Adams
    San Juan County Council
  • LuAnn Adams
    Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
  • Brandie Balken
    Equality Utah
  • Brad Barber
    Barber Consulting
  • Roger Barrus
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Mallory Bateman
    Utah Foundation
  • John Bennett
    Utah Quality Growth Commission
  • Scott Chew
    Cattle and Sheep Rancher, Utah House of Representatives
  • Gene Ciarus
    Grand County Council
  • Mark Clemens
    Utah Chapter, Sierra Club
  • Mark Compton
    President, Utah Mining Association
  • Larry Crist
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Jim Dabakis
    Utah Senate
  • LaNiece Davenport
    Wasatch Front Regional Council
  • Joan Degiorgio
    Utah Nature Conservancy
  • Jack Draxler
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Hans Ehrbar
    University of Utah Department of Economics
  • John Evans
    Petzl Climbing Equipment
  • John Fairchild
    Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  • David Garbett
    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
  • Julia Geisler
    Executive Director, Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
  • Kerry Gibson
    Commissioner, Weber County
  • Laura Hanson
    Executive Director, Jordan River Commission
  • Jon Hardman
    Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • David Hinkins
    Utah Senate
  • Sarah Hinners
    University of Utah Metropolitan Research Center
  • Lynn Jackson
    Grand County Council
  • Laynee Jones
    Mountain Accord
  • Peter Knudson
    Utah Senate
  • Mike Kohler
    Wasatch County Council
  • Ashley Korenblat
    Public Land Solutions
  • David Livermore
    Utah State Director, Nature Conservancy
  • John Mathis
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Chris McCandless
    Sandy City Council
  • Kay McIff
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Tara McKee
    Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
  • Michael Merrill
    Salt Lake Chamber
  • Thayne Mickelson
    Utah Conservation Commission
  • Wayne Niederhauser
    Utah Senate
  • Mike Noel
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Ralph Okerlund
    Utah Senate
  • Juan Palma
    State Director, U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • Randy Parker
    Utah Farm Bureau
  • Ashley Patterson
    Wasatch Community Gardens
  • Kent Peatross
    Commissioner, Duchesne County
  • Julie Peck-Dabling
    Salt Lake County Open Space and Urban Farming
  • Warren Peterson
    Vice President, Farmland Reserve
  • Nathan Rafferty
    President, Ski Utah
  • Curtis Rowley
    Cherry Hill Farms
  • Dustin Rowley
    Utah Association of Conservation Districts
  • Eric Sadler
    Wasatch Mountain Club
  • Douglas Sagers
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Selma Sierra
    Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, Energy Dynamics Laboratory
  • George Sommer
    Chair, Blue Ribbon Fisheries Commission
  • Mike Styler
    Utah Department of Natural Resources
  • Ed Sunderland
    Sanpete County Farmer
  • Brent Tanner
    Executive Vice President, Utah Cattlemen's Association
  • Gordon Topham
    Commissioner, Sevier County
  • Elizabeth Tubbs
    Grand County Council
  • David Ure
    Summit County Council
  • Ron Vance
    Recreational and Resource Manager, U.S. Forest Service
  • Vicki Varela
    Managing Director, Utah Office of Tourism
  • Evan Vickers
    Utah Senate
  • Logan Wilde
    Morgan County Council