Public Access to Trust Lands in Knolls Fire Area Closed Temporarily

SITLA Director David Ure issued a temporary closure of trust lands located on the eastern slopes of Lake Mountain, located south of Saratoga Springs in Utah County. All public entry is restricted to protect public safety and allow for wildland firefighting efforts. This closure will be rescinded when the fire is declared controlled by the… Read more »

New GIS Dashboard Features Renewable Energy Leases

SITLA’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team created a new dashboard tool, which maps all current renewable energy leases on Utah trust lands. The dashboard shows each renewable energy lease location, acreage, and other data. SITLA has a growing renewable energy portfolio comprising geothermal, wind, solar, and energy storage. Renewable energy leases have generated $5.8 million in… Read more »

SITLA Completes Aspen Project on Tabby Mountain Block

In late 2019, SITLA launched and completed a 150-acre aspen regeneration project on the agency’s Tabby Mountain Block. This short video, presented to the Utah Legislature last week, documents this successful project. SITLA Forester Adam Robison coordinated and led the project, secured grant funding, researched and selected a project site, and worked alongside a timber… Read more »

SITLA FY2019 Annual Report
SITLA Deposits $76M Into Trust Land Beneficiary Endowments

SITLA deposits $76 million into 12 permanent endowments for education, hospitals, universities The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, SITLA, reported net contributions of $76,027,304 to the permanent endowments for K-12 education and 11 other trust land beneficiaries, including state hospitals, colleges, and universities. SITLA earned $89.9 million in revenue from energy, mining, real… Read more »

SITLA Trust Land Auction Earns $344K for Schools, UofU College of Mines

SITLA held its biannual public auction this week generating $343,900 for two beneficiary endowments, public schools and the University of Utah College of Mines and Earth Sciences. The seven parcels sold totaled a combined 315 acres and are located in Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, and Sevier counties. By law, SITLA retains the mineral estate. All proceeds… Read more »

Treasurer Damschen Announces Record Distributions

Utah State Treasurer David Damschen 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 $88.83 million from the Permanent State School Fund in July 2020 – a 7.5% increase from this year’s distribution of $82.66 million and a 20% increase… Read more »

Back to School with $82.66 Million in Trust Funds

As the new school year begins with a record $82.66 million in School LAND Trust Funds, the School Children’s Trust Section at the Utah State Board of Education urges parents to join their School Community Councils and determine how to best spend their school’s trust funds. Every K-12 school in Utah has its own School… Read more »

Changes to Oil and Gas Royalty Reporting

The agency has made changes to R850-5-300 to clarify the requirements for payors of oil and gas royalty, effective June 1, 2019.  Should you have comments or questions, please contact: LaVonne Garrison 801-538-5197

New Oil and Gas Rules

The agency has revised its oil and gas rules to update them from the last major revision in 2005.  The current rules have been repealed and replaced with these revised rules , effective June 1, 2019.  Should you have comments or questions, please contact: LaVonne Garrison 801-538-5197

Torgerson Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence

Congratulations to SITLA Resource Specialist Bryan Torgerson who received the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence earlier this month. The 14-year manager of SITLA’s Southeastern Area Office in Moab, Bryan was cited for his outstanding public service to the State of Utah and commitment to trust land beneficiaries. Bryan was recognized for his leadership and diplomacy… Read more »