Public Lands

Utahns’ Vision for the
Future of
Public Lands

Utahns envision responsibly using the state’s abundant public lands for many different purposes. They see the lands being managed to preserve natural ecosystems and watersheds, while still providing access to recreation that they can enjoy with family and friends. They also envision using these lands for grazing and other agricultural purposes, as well as for the responsible development of energy, including fossil fuels and renewables. Utahns see local communities thriving because of the economic benefits provided by public lands.

What Utahns Want: Goals

Improve collaboration to establish a balanced mosaic of appropriate uses of these lands.
Preserve scenic beauty for future generations.
Maintain and improve habitats, ecosystems, and watersheds.
Ensure access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
Increase Utah’s local food production and food self-sufficiency.
Promote energy self-sufficiency through the development of a variety of energy sources.
Foster job growth and economic development.

How We’ll Get There: Key Strategies

Collaboratively and efficiently determine the appropriate locations for various uses (recreation, agriculture, preservation, energy, etc.) of Utah’s public lands.
Identify, preserve, and provide access to Utah’s natural, historic, and cultural treasures for today’s residents and for future generations.
Create and implement a plan to ensure adequate recreational access and facilities (e.g., campgrounds, trails, picnic areas, and parking lots) are available to maximize Utahns’ access, promote tourism, and minimize crowding and overuse.
Manage grazing and agriculture to improve rangelands and watersheds and promote food production in Utah.
Promote energy development (both fossil fuels and renewables), while mitigating impacts to ecosystems, watersheds, and airsheds.
Consolidate and improve the location of state-owned lands through land trades in order to promote Utah’s interests and enhance recreation, energy development, agriculture, and ecosystem health.

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