The Utah Department of Natural Resources helps ensure the quality of life of Utah residents by managing and protecting the state's natural resources by:
- Enhancing the certainty and security of Utah’s water
- Improving the health and resilience of our lands, resources, watersheds and wildlife
- Advancing the stewardship of our public lands and natural history
- Elevating outdoor recreation
- Expanding Utah’s energy and minerals portfolio
The department includes eight divisions: State Parks; Outdoor Recreation (separated from State Parks in 2021 into its own division); Oil, Gas and Mining; Forestry, Fire and State Lands; Water Resources; Water Rights; Wildlife Resources; Utah Geological Survey. And two offices were added in 2021 to provide closer collaboration: Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office; and the Office of Energy Development.
DNR protects Utah's natural resources through active management, which includes engaging state, county and local officials; collaborating with community members, organizations and groups and coordinating with our federal partners. Active management of resources like watersheds, wildlife, oil and gas, minerals and water, allows the state to forecast challenges, solve complex opportunities and anticipate and meet future needs.
Phragmites removal from the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake is critical to to maintaining healthy ecosystems
The Division of Wildlife Resources manages several wildlife areas, including Hardware Ranch near Logan, Utah
This process is evident in Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative, which has led to the restoration of nearly 1.5 million acres of land making it more resistant to catastrophic wildfire, improving it's water quality and quantity, enhancing forage for livestock and wildlife and helping keep sensitive species from being listed as endangered.Decreased water use is also critical to Utah if it's to meet the future needs and population growth of the state. Regional water conservation goals that are targeted to nine areas around the state replaced the previous statewide goal of cutting water use 25% by 2025. This is happening by working closely with water conservancy districts to "Slow the Flow." DNR's commitment is evident in a number of other programs, including catastrophic fire reduction, sage-grouse management, hunting and fishing, outdoor recreation and responsible development of oil and gas.