Public lands are a shared American inheritance and no one understands this better than the Utah Public Lands Alliance. As an organization whose mission is to preserve Utah’s public lands for public use, we strive to create awareness on the importance of our public land. We believe that public lands are a priceless heritage and should be open to all Americans for sustainable use and enjoyment.
There are several reasons why public land in Utah should be preserved and protected. Here are some of them:
1. Countless adventure opportunities.
Utah’s public lands are the perfect place for any number of outdoor recreational pursuits. You can camp out under the stars, go off-roading in Sand Mountain OHV Area in St. George Utah & classic trails in Moab, backpack in Bears Ears National Monument, paddle in the San Juan River or hike up the Cedar Mesa- all without leaving the state. With many national parks and monuments, climbing areas and miles of trails, Utah gives you the opportunity to get active amidst spectacular surroundings.
2. The spectacular landscapes provide moments of Zen.
Our public lands are some of the most unique in the country. Whether you want to climb to the top of Fisher Tower or just stop at a scenic outlook, the landscape is sure to blow you away. The towering red rock formations, arches and hoodoos, winding sandstone canyons, colorful mesas, and desert rivers will leave you stunned. This is the perfect environment to come to when you want to get away from the hassles of your life to just relax and unwind.
3. They allow us to spot wildlife in their natural habitats.
The land around us is teeming with wildlife-you only need to know where to look. The desert lowlands and mountain ranges are crucial habitats for mule deer, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, cougars, and raptors. Some of these animals can’t be spotted anywhere else.
4. They are a link to our history and cultural heritage.
Some of the public lands in Utah are cultural heritage sites e.g. the Bears Ears are sacred to the Native Americans and you can see several well-preserved petroglyphs there. You can also visit lots of other sites- including dinosaur trails- that give us a glimpse into the past. These sites help enlighten both kids and adults on the wonders of history and form the foundation for archaeology and paleontology.
5. For the economic benefits.
Utah’s public lands attract tourists, sportsmen and women, investors and entrepreneurs. Thanks to the recreational facilities, we have a vibrant outdoor recreation economy that boosts local towns and cities. These and the energy development projects happening in the state help to create hundreds of jobs while powering the economy.
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We believe that public lands should be left in the hands of the public and we work on different projects to ensure that the land remains accessible to all. We would love it if you would join and help us either through becoming a member, subscribing to our newsletter or following us on social media.