About The Utah Public Lands Alliance Our Mission, Our Goals, Our Trustees, Our Members

The mission of Utah Public Lands Alliance is to preserve Utah’s public lands for public use in coalition with all user groups, through public awareness and in cooperation with regulatory agencies regarding all facets of land management including improvement, access, enforcement, and protection.
About Us

The Utah Public Lands Alliance was formed in Spring of 2014 to represent users of public lands in their efforts to keep public lands open to multipurpose use. Our officers and board of trustees come from varied backgrounds and the common interest of recreation in Utah and the surrounding areas. We believe that working as an alliance between the many different users of public lands cooperatively will help us maintain access and recreational use of these lands for our generations to come. We are an all-volunteer not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

The Utah Public Lands Alliance Mission:

The mission of Utah Public Lands Alliance is to preserve public lands in Utah and surrounding areas for public use. We will, in coalition with all stakeholders, increase public awareness and will work closely with regulatory agencies regarding all facets of land management including improvement, access, enforcement, and protection.

The Goals Of Utah Public Lands Alliance:

  1. Identify, preserve and improve Public Lands for responsible recreational use in Utah and its surrounding area.
  2. Educate the Public about the importance of responsible use of multi-use lands
  3. Develop and maintain productive working relationships with Government agencies (local, state and federal officials, BLM, SITLA, etc)
  4. Represent Multi-sport interests (4×4, ATV, UTV, Dirt Bike, Mountain Bike, Equestrian, etc.).
  5. Identify and execute projects that protect and enhance the responsible use of Public Lands.
  6. Preserve and Protect Sand Mountain OHV area for ALL forms of recreation.

Utah Public Lands Alliance Membership Levels

We encourage you to join the UPLA. When you join, you will have access to our GPS tracks for various trails in the tri-state area including our outstand network of Sand Mountain trails. You will also have access to our trip reports covering many of the day trips available to us from the St. George and southern Utah locations.
We offer three levels of membership – Individual, Organizational and Corporate.
They all have access to all features on our site. The Organizational and Corporate memberships will additionally include recognition and thanks on our Website and Facebook pages.When you join as an organization, you will receive ten individual memberships for the members of your Club who want access to our site. With the Corporate Membership level, you will receive five individual memberships.Join now to receive full benefits of membership!

Our Utah Public Lands Alliance Board of Trustees are:

Wayne Jack – Chairman of Board of Trustees – Retired Bank Chairman and CEO. Past President, Bullhead 4 Wheelers. Retired Incident Commander of MRA Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Teams. Retired Oregon Director of Emergency Communications for Incident Command Teams. Past Oregon ARES Section Emergency Coordinator. Jeeper, 59 years.
Melissa Fischer – Trustee – MSN, RN, CNOR, President, Moab Friends 4 Wheeling
Joan Hayes – Trustee, Utah State Resource Advisory Council member,
Desert Roads and Trails Secretary – part time job share, Winter 4×4 Jamboree Chairman of Trail Help, St. George Jeepers Coordinator of Membership and Weekly Tuesday Trail Rides, Biannual 4 Day Jeep Trip Planning Chairman.
Doug Jackson – Trustee – BS in Business Administration from Utah State University. Retired after 36 years with Caterpillar, Inc., and various Cat organizations as Vice President, CFO. Extensive professional and humanitarian activities in 72 countries.  Avid Jeeper, and strong caretaker of public lands.
Kevin Keller – Trustee – Business owner and property manager.  NRA certified instructor, 4H and youth training.  Fly fishing, old semi trucks, and Jeeping.
Bill Christensen – Trustee
Kim Pollock – Trustee – Retired Vice President and Director of Information Systems for Amgen, Centocor, Playtex International. Past President of FMCA 4-Wheelers (one of the largest and most active 4×4 Clubs) and On The Rocks 4×4 Club. Volunteer Website support for seven RV and Jeep organizations
Milt Thompson – Trustee – Owner Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, Jeeper
Dave Dude – Trustee
Melissa Dude – Trustee

Our Utah Public Lands Alliance officers are:

President – Gil Meacham – President, Utah Public Lands Alliance- Retired, World Wide Service Technologies Manager, IBM. Director of Technologies TownHound.com. Regional Technical Support Engineer, Diebold Banking Systems.  Staff Sargent and Instructor, Nike Hercules Fire Control Systems, US Army. Founder of Oregon GPS Challenge event.  Trail Leader Oregon Back Country Discovery Route, Easter Jeep Safari, and Winter 4×4 Jamboree.  River Guide and Back Country Horseman.  4×4 enthusiast for 48 years.
Vice President – Erik Beard – Trail Developer, Canyoneer, Jeeper
Treasurer – Scott Galbraith – Manufacturer’s Rep, Jeeper
Assistant Treasurer – Menlo Smith – Developer, Jeeper, CEO Sunmark
Secretary – Lorey Beard – LD Teacher, Jeeper, Canyoneer