Senator Hinkins Named Friend of the Trust

Senator David Hinkins received the 2017 Friend of the Trust Award at a ceremony held at Emery High School in Castle Dale Tuesday, December 19. Emery County School District Superintendent Larry W. Davis, Emery High School Principal Steven Gordon, and Emery High School students joined in the presentation. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE)… Read more »

Trust Land Timber Harvest at Beaver Mountain

SITLA is working with a private contractor to reduce wildfire risk and protect area recreation opportunities through a timber harvest project on school trust lands at Beaver Mountain. While leaving trees in place may be more aesthetically pleasing for the short-term, timber harvesting is an important part of sustainable forest management. Read more about this… Read more »

Auction Earns $1 Million for Public Schools

On behalf of Utah’s public schools, the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) sold 1,429 school trust land acres at public auction today, generating $1,042,000 for the Permanent School Fund. The 630-acre Modena parcel in Iron County sold for $279,000. The Horse Creek-Indian Head and Kyune Creek parcels in Utah County sold for $50,000… Read more »

SITLA, Volunteers Remove Eight Tons of Trash Near Eagle Mountain

The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) organized a four-day trash cleanup from an area east of Eagle Mountain and south of Kiowa Valley subdivision, hauling away 8.37 tons of trash and 28 discarded tires. SITLA Environmental Compliance Officer Sonja Wallace coordinated the effort and reported 50 volunteers filled eight roll-off dumpster containers…. Read more »

SITLA Receives 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award

SITLA Lead Archaeologist Kenny Wintch and former SITLA Director Kevin Carter received the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Utah Division of History at the Utah State History Conference October 11, 2017. According to the Division of History, SITLA was recognized for its outstanding long-term commitment to the archaeological and historic heritage of Utah, while… Read more »

Renewed Hunter Access Agreement Reached

The Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) have renewed their Hunter Access Agreement with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA). The contract keeps 3.4 million acres of trust lands open to hunters and anglers and those interested in viewing wildlife and runs through… Read more »

Record $64.25 Million in School LAND Trust Funds This School Year

At an event at Nibley Park School, Utah State Treasurer David Damschen, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson, and School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) Director David Ure today announced the largest distribution from the Permanent State School Fund in Utah history. The Fund’s disbursement to schools increased to a record $64.25 million… Read more »

Land Auction Earns $3 Million for Public Schools

On behalf of the public school beneficiary, the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) sold 1,120 trust land acres at public auction today, generating $3,066,500 for public schools. The Needles Outpost, a 640-section located just outside the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park and within the recently-designated Bears Ears National Monument in San… Read more »

Early Trust Lands, Utah Land Management

​The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) believes that The Wilderness Society’s (TWS) recent report on historic state land sales in Utah is factually inaccurate, misleading, and politically motivated. The TWS report attributes reductions in Utah’s school trust land base to land sales for development and private recreational use. In fact, since SITLA’s… Read more »

Vernal Resident Earns $500 Trust Lands Reward

Vernal resident Scott Abel received a $500 thank you from the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) for reporting illegal dumping on school trust lands in Uintah County. Abel was presented with a $500 check after witnessing and reporting the crime to the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, which led to a citation, fine, and… Read more »

SITLA Employee Earns Governor’s Award for Excellence

SITLA Deputy Assistant Director Lou Brown received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Public Service. Mr. Brown has served SITLA and its predecessor agency, the Division of State Lands, since September 1980. As a distinguished leader in this agency, his contributions and accomplishments are numerous, but highlights include work with Utah prairie dog mitigation,… Read more »