2022 Wildland Firefighter Awards Handed Out at Annual Meeting

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands honored a Fire Warden of the Year and a Cooperator of the Year from the state of Utah.  These awards are given to groups or individuals that have been an integral part of the wildfire suppression efforts within the state during the calendar year.  Fire Warden of …

2022 State Forester’s Stewardship Awards Announced

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands honored two individuals with forestry stewardship awards as a part of the 2022 Utah Association of Conservation Districts.  Matthew Zierenberg was honored with the Forest Stewardship Achievement Award. The Mark Blake Family received the Forest Landowner of the Year.  Forest Stewardship Achievement Award – Matthew Zierenberg, Wasatch …

Application for Proposed Utah Lake Restoration Project Canceled

SALT LAKE (October 26, 2022) – The Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) has issued a Record of Decision notifying Lake Restoration Solutions, Inc. (LRS), that its current application for the proposed Utah Lake Restoration Project will be canceled.  Because the pending application considers the disposal of land that would impede navigation and permanently transfer sovereign lands to …

Protecting Watersheds: How Invasive Species Removal Benefits Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – Driving down SR-9 in Washington County, travelers are often overcome by the grandeur of the scenery that dots the landscape.  Unknown to visitors traveling this route is a multi-year project that has been taking place along the Virgin River. For the past three years, Southwest Area Forester Carrie Howard has been working with private land owners, …

Great Salt Lake Causeway Berm Raised 4 Feet to Protect Salinity Levels

SALT LAKE CITY – Due to the increasing salinity issues related to the shrinking Great Salt Lake, the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, along with the Division of Water Resources, modified the breach in the Union Pacific railroad causeway that divides the lake. The breach is a 180-foot section of the causeway that was removed to connect the …

Motorized Vehicle Use on Lake Beds Can Lead to Citations

SALT LAKE CITY – Due to the decreasing water levels at Great Salt Lake, there has been increased attention surrounding the lake, leading to increased visitors. With an uptick in visitors to the lake, state land managers want to remind the public of the rules surrounding the use of state sovereign lands.  Over the last few weeks, law enforcement officers …

That’s a Good Catch: When Preparedness Pays Off

IRON COUNTY, Utah – Lately, when discussing preventing wildfires, the topic of preparedness takes the main stage. We say being prepared is critical when going camping or maintaining your vehicle to avoid any issues that could arise. What happens when you do everything right but still find yourself in a situation where a fire occurs?  On June 4, 2022, a …

Utah Shared Stewardship partners announce FY23 projects

Ogden, Utah – June 10, 2022 – The State of Utah, USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region, and Natural Resources Conservation Service announces funding for ten wildfire risk reduction projects across all five National Forests in Utah for fiscal year 2023.  This year’s list of funded projects is scheduled to improve more than 24,000 acres of forested lands in Utah that …

Utah’s Fire Program Contracts Two Type 1 Helicopters for Wildfire Suppression

Salt Lake City – The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands has contracted with Croman Corporation, adding two Type 1 helicopters to the state’s wildfire suppression resources.   This is the first time Utah has had an exclusive use contract for type 1 helicopters.   “This is a greatly needed addition to our firefighting toolbox here in Utah. Along with …