Utah is a state blessed with spectacular scenery and a breathtaking landscape that is unlike anything else in the country. A lot of this is public land that can be enjoyed and used by members of the public. These public lands need to be protected, preserved and enjoyed and that’s what the Utah Public Lands Alliance (UPLA) does.
Our mission at UPLA is to take steps to preserve Utah’s public lands and maintain them for public use. We do this in coalition with all other land user groups mainly through raising public awareness and also cooperating with various regulatory agencies e.g. the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), state and federal officials. Our focus is on all aspects of land management including access, enforcement, improvement and protection.
Why Public Lands Matter To Us
When you think of Utah, you think of Bears Ears National Monument, The Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. These are just some of the public lands we strive to conserve and protect. The National Parks and monuments, wildlife refuges, national forests, rivers, canyons, cliffs, and desert lands belong to all of us.
These lands ensure that Americans have plenty of places to pursue a number of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, climbing and off-roading. You can also head to these places to find solace, tranquility or just rest and commune with nature. Our public lands are not only a source of beauty and inspiration but also help support a robust outdoor recreation economy that in turn supports different local businesses.
Public Lands are Under Constant Threat In The States & Utah
Imagine a Utah without all these open spaces, pristine environment and scenery that we love. A Utah where we and our children have no access to these lands and we can’t enjoy or use them.
The truth is our public lands are under constant threat of closure or loss in various ways. This can be through legislation that restricts public use, through acts of nature that degrade the land or even through people’s carelessness.
Regardless of the cause, losing our public lands would be devastating and a blow to both the humans and wildlife that depend on them.
How to Help Us Protect Utah Public Land
To further our course, we encourage you to become a member of the UPLA by choosing any of our membership options. Alternatively, you can help us preserve Utah’s public lands by sharing about us and the projects we’ve done on social media. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep abreast of important events and any special land issues that require the public’s attention.
We would also appreciate it if you would contact us should you encounter any parcel of Utah’s public land that’s threatened by closure or loss. We take such issues seriously and will always do our best to ensure that our public lands remain accessible to all.