BLM Releases Sevier Playa Potash Project for Public Comment

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fillmore Field Office is initiating a 45-day public comment period for the Sevier Playa Potash Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) ending on January 14, 2019. This project helps to meet Administration priorities by increasing the availability of critical minerals, in this case sulfate of potash, which is used… Read more »

Logan HS, USU Extension Help Reforest Beaver Mountain

Twenty Logan High School students joined state foresters and other volunteers to help plant 3,000 ponderosa pine seedlings on school trust lands at Beaver Mountain, an event organized by the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) and SITLA. SITLA Forester Adam Robison introduced students to a recently-harvested project area and discussed how… Read more »

SITLA Auction Nets $4 Million for Public School, Other Endowments

 SITLA sold 17 trust land parcels at its biannual public auction last week generating $4,013,060 for the endowments for public schools, state hospitals, teaching colleges, and reservoirs. The 17 parcels sold at public auction totaled just under 3,000 surface acres in nine counties throughout the state. By law, SITLA retains the mineral estate. The 240-acre… Read more »

October 24 Trust Lands Auction to Benefit Public Schools, State Hospitals

The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) will sell 18 trust land parcels at its biannual public auction at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 24 in the Deer Valley Room at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel located at 150 West 500 South. This is the largest sale of trust lands in recent history with… Read more »

Treasurer Damschen Announces Record-Breaking Trust Fund Distributions

Utah State Treasurer David Damschen today announced that the Permanent State School Fund will make the largest-ever distribution to Utah schools next year. Schools are slated to receive a record $82.66 million from the Permanent State School Fund in July 2019 – a 12 percent increase from this year’s distribution of $74 million and a… Read more »

BLM Small Shooting Closure at Lake Mountain

BLM NEWS RELEASE: Following coordination with local communities, county and State government, Tribes and other stakeholders, the Bureau of Land Management has established an Interim Final Supplementary Rule (Rule) to implement a 2,004-acre long-term target shooting closure in the Eastern Lake Mountains of Utah County, Utah.  The Rule continues to allow for activities, including lawful… Read more »

SITLA GIS Team Honored With Esri Award

Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, presented the SITLA GIS Team with Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 11 at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, SITLA’s GIS Team received the award for its innovative application of mapping, data analytics, and thought leadership in the field of… Read more »

SITLA Opens Vernal Office

SITLA has established a regional office in Vernal to better collaborate with the Ute Tribe, private business, government agencies, and the community on energy development and other SITLA projects in the Uinta Basin. SITLA Oil and Gas Resource Specialist Tyson Todd, who is originally from Roosevelt, will lead the office located in the Uintah County… Read more »

Rep. Chris Stewart’s ACE Act Passes the House

Rep. Chris Stewart’s bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4257 the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act, was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives. In Utah, and throughout the western United States, millions of acres of school trust lands are trapped within wilderness areas, national parks, national monuments and other areas that have been set aside for… Read more »

2018 Friends of the Trust

School and Institutional Trust Lands Director David Ure presented Gayle McKeachnie and Margaret Dayton with 2018 Friend of the Trust awards earlier this month for their advocacy and support of Utah’s K-12 public school trust and its $2.5 billion endowment. Throughout their public service, both McKeachnie and Dayton have supported and sponsored legislation to move… Read more »