Our public land managers need the ability to improve the health of our forests through forest-restoration projects, like removing beetle-infested trees, thinning overgrown areas or conducting prescribed burns. The health of our forests affect all of us, along with our air and water quality, wildlife and agriculture — not to mention our opportunities to hike and camp in the forests we love.

Utah’s forest managers face major challenges because of the “Roadless Rule.” This federal rule from the 1990s was intended to protect forests, but it has instead led to overgrown and unhealthy forests, choked by dead trees.

It’s time for Utah to work with the U.S. Forest Service to give our forest managers the tools and flexibility they need to improve the health of our forests and watersheds, and to reduce wildfire risks.

On February 28, the State asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to develop a Utah-specific Roadless Rule in order to improve forest health, promote resilient landscapes, and give local Forest Service professionals greater ability to protect Utah’s air quality, drinking water, wildlife habitat, and other Roadless Area Characteristics.

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Open Houses and Materials

In October and November, the Utah Governor’s office hosted seven open houses around the state. We thank all who attended and provided feedback.

Materials from the open houses can be viewed here.

October 18
Monticello, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Hideout Conference Center
648 South Hideaway Drive

October 23
Vernal, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Uintah County Library
204 East 100 North

October 24
Richfield, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sevier County Administration Building
250 North Main Street

October 24
Heber City, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Wasatch County Senior Center
465 East 1200 South

October 25
Manti, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sanpete County Courthouse
160 North Main, Room 101

October 30
Cedar City, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Heritage Center
105 North 100 East

November 19
Logan, 5:00-7:00 p.m
Logan Library
255 North Main Street

 

Contact

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Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: 801-537-9801
Toll Free: 800-705-2464
Email: OurForests@utah.gov