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 »

DNR, SITLA Open New Richfield Complex

SITLA joined the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dedicating the new DNR Richfield Regional Complex located at 2031 South Industrial Park Road in Richfield. The regional complex houses employees from three DNR divisions, including Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Water Rights and Wildlife Resources. Additionally, SITLA and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food… Read more »

May 24 Auction to Benefit Public Schools, State Reservoirs

SITLA will sell four trust land parcels, totaling 1,160 acres at its biannual public auction 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 24 at SITLA Offices located at 675 East 500 South in Salt Lake City. Proceeds from the sale of the Needles Outpost, Cedar City, and Rip Gut Creek properties will be deposited into the $2.2 billion… Read more »

#SITLAfunds17 Instagram Challenge Underway

The #SITLAfunds17 Instagram Challenge is underway and continues through April 28. SITLA and the School Children’s Trust Office at the Utah State Board of Education ask students, teachers, school community councils, and principals to show and tell us how their school used its School LAND Trust Funds. We’ll award $1000 School LAND Trust Fund bonuses… Read more »

New Location, Numbers for SITLA Richfield Office

The SITLA Richfield Office is moving to a new building April 3, 2017.   Please note the new address, phone number, and fax line: 2031 South Industrial Park Road Richfield, Utah 84701 Phone: 435-896-2559 Fax: 435-896-0349

Land Commissioners Applaud BLM Planning 2.0 Repeal

The Western States Land Commissioners Association (WSLCA) applauds Congress for repealing the Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0.   Read the full report. For more than 60 years, WSLCA has brought together key land managers responsible for overseeing the administration of over 440 million acres of public and school trust land assets in 23 western states…. Read more »

WSLCA Letter to House Speaker Ryan Supports Repealing BLM Planning 2.0

On behalf of the members of the Western States Land Commissioners Association (WSLCA), President Brent Goodrum expressed support for the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Final Rule on Resource Management Planning, commonly referred to as Planning 2.0. Read the complete letter to U.S. House Speaker… Read more »