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WSLCA Letter to House Speaker Ryan Supports Repealing BLM Planning 2.0

On behalf of the members of the Western States Land Commissioners Association (WSLCA), President Brent Goodrum expressed support for the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Final Rule on Resource Management Planning, commonly referred to as Planning 2.0. Read the complete letter to U.S. House Speaker… Read more »

SITLA Board Meets to Discuss Trust Lands Within New Monument

The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) Board of Trustees met Friday, January 6 to discuss strategy, concerns, and next steps following the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument. Prior to moving into a 2.5-hour closed session, Trustees heard from Merri Black Shumway, a San Juan County School District board member and… Read more »

109K Acres of School Trust Land Captured in Bears Ears National Monument

The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) estimates the newly-declared Bears Ears National Monument captures approximately 109,000 acres of state school trust lands, which are managed by SITLA on behalf of Utah’s K-12 education system. SITLA is currently reviewing the monument proclamation and map, and will work with its Board of Trustees, the… Read more »

National Defense Bill Includes Provisions Critical to Utah

Congress is expected to pass, in the next several days, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes key provisions critical to Utah. Senator Orrin Hatch introduced and championed legislation as part of the annual defense policy bill, to expand the Utah Test and Training Range, which will not only assist our military, but… Read more »

Development Partner Sought for Resort Project Near Bullfrog Marina

Now through January 26, 2017, the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) is accepting statements of interest and qualifications from prospective partners for a resort development at the Bullfrog Marina entrance to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Garfield County, Utah. Through this Request For Qualifications (RFQ), SITLA seeks a partner to develop… Read more »

New Rep. Love Bill Will Bring Funds to Utah Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Mia Love introduced the Funding Local Schools Act (H.R. 6180) today, a bill that would help to bring additional funding to Utah’s schools. The Bureau of Land Management’s Pony Express resource management plan (RMP) identifies select parcels of land within the plan’s area as available for disposal. Congresswoman Love’s Funding Local… Read more »

ACE Act a Win for Kids and Conservation

Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced legislation to improve land management and enhance education revenue in the western United States. S. 3316, the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act provides opportunities for states to swap state trust lands contained within parks, wilderness, and other conservation areas for other Federal lands with lower… Read more »

School Trust Lands at Auction to Benefit Public Schools

The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) will sell 11 trust land parcels and one additional parcel on behalf of Utah State University at its biannual public auction 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 19 at the Little America Hotel  at 500 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. More than 3,500 acres will be offered… Read more »

K-12 Schools Receive Record $49.3M in Trust Funds

Utah K-12 schools enter the 2016-2017 school year with a record $49.3 million in annual earnings from the Permanent State School Fund. These discretionary funds supplement general fund appropriations at no cost to taxpayers. Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced annual earnings from the Permanent Fund increased by 7.7 percent, a $3.5 million increase over… Read more »

Treasurer David Damschen Announces Record Earnings from Utah’s Permanent State School Fund

Utah State Treasurer David Damschen today announced the annual earnings from the Permanent State School Fund, which increased by 7.7 percent to a record $49.3 million – a $3.5 million increase over the previous year’s earnings. The Permanent State School Fund is the state’s largest land grant trust fund, with a balance of $2.08 billion…. Read more »