Our Agency and Mission

The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, SITLA, manages Utah’s 3.4 million acres of land held in trust for 12 state institutions. SITLA works with private business to generate revenue from energy and mineral royalties, and real estate and surface development. Proceeds from all development are deposited into permanent endowments for each beneficiary.

Since 1994, SITLA has generated $1.9 billion from trust lands, helping to grow the permanent endowments for public schools, state hospitals, colleges and universities to more than $2.5 billion today. Annual interest income from each endowment is distributed to individual beneficiaries.

SITLA manages a land portfolio for each beneficiary, generating revenue through all types of development, including: real estate development and sales; energy and mineral leases, rents, and royalties; and surface estate sales, leases, and easements.

SITLA deposits all proceeds into 12 individual permanent endowments, which are invested by a separate agency, the School and Institutional Trust Funds Office. Annual interest income from each permanent fund is distributed annually to these state institutions.

In addition to generating substantial revenue, the Administration has been involved in numerous transactions and projects that have preserved and protected more than 560,000 acres of land in Utah, an area equivalent to the combined acreage of Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks.

The agency also administers the Land Exchange Distribution Account, managing 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 the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument designation. This responsibility will continue to grow as the Administration collaborates on several land exchanges with the federal government.

MISSION: Administering trust lands prudently and profitably for Utah’s schoolchildren and other trust beneficiaries.

Learn more about the history and development of trust lands.