Conservation and Land Exchanges
Since 1998, the Trust Lands Administration has been involved in numerous transactions and projects that have preserved and/or protected more than 560,000 acres of Utah land, an area equivalent to the combined acreage of Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks.
As land manager and fiduciary of trust land assets belonging to Utah’s public schools and 11 other institutions, the Trust Lands Administration understands that its duty includes the responsibility to preserve these resources for the long-term support of trust beneficiaries, primarily Utah’s schoolchildren of today and tomorrow.
Consistent with this obligation, the agency is a strong partner in land exchanges and other transactions which preserve sensitive lands, and remains committed to its primary responsibility of generating revenues for its beneficiaries.
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In addition to its land management mandate, the Trust Lands Administration administers the Land Exchange Distribution Account. The Trust Lands Administration manages the complex disbursement of development royalties from federal lands, which serve as compensation to the 27 counties that acquired or exchanged lands at the time of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument designation. The agency anticipates this responsibility will grow as it continues collaboration with the federal government on several land exchanges.
Recent land transfers and exchanges: