Utah submits request to the Department of Agriculture regarding federal land maintenance

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (February 28, 2019)  – The State of Utah submitted a request to the Department of Agriculture today that the U.S. Forest Service be granted greater ability to respond to threats posed by drought, climate change, insect infestations, buildup of hazardous fuels, and other challenges in designated Roadless Areas. Additional tools placed […]

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Utah prepared to weather federal government partial shutdown.

The State of Utah is taking all necessary precautions to ensure continuity of services during a potential partial shutdown of the federal government. All state agencies that use federal funds have contingency plans in place to continue services in the event of a temporary shut down. Our Division of Finance and the Governor’s Office of […]

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Washington D.C. Dysfunction Harms Utah

A lot of media attention in recent days has gone to the drama over the potential of a partial shutdown of the Federal Government. Please know that if the federal government shuts down, Utah is prepared to keep our federally funded programs operational and our national parks and forests accessible.   And Utah’s world famous […]

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Gov. Herbert Testifies in Washington, D.C. on Bears Ears Bill

This morning, Gov. Gary R. Herbert testified on H.R. 4532, a bill introduced by Utah’s newest congressional representative, Rep. John Curtis. Named the Shásh Jaa’  National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act, this bill aims to establish lasting legislative protections in the Bears Ears region. Although public lands in Utah have been a contentious […]

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Governor Speaks at Southern Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit

    Utahns all across the state have much to be proud of. We have our world-class snow and ski resorts, our thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails, our rivers, lakes and streams teeming with trout and other game fish — as well as abundant wildlife in our mountains forests and deserts, and […]

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Gov. Herbert signs largest land exchange in a decade

  Today, Gov. Herbert signed the most significant land exchange in Utah in the past decade and demonstrated how a public land state like Utah can work productively with the federal government to protect scenic venues while maximizing the development potential of previously reserved lands. Under the Utah Recreational Land Exchange Act of 2009, the […]

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Managing Utah’s wild horse population

Gov. Herbert’s spokesman, Marty Carpenter, issued a statement in response to inquiries about the administration’s position concerning Utah’s wild horse population: “The wild horses in Utah’s West Desert are an iconic part of our Western heritage. Likewise, cattle, sheep and wildlife, such as elk and deer, deserve a place on our diverse desert landscape. The […]

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