New Great Salt Lake Sentinel Landscape announced

May 28, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake Sentinel Landscape has been formally designated as a critical initiative under the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership. Spanning over 2.7 million acres in northern Utah, this landscape includes key military installations and the largest saline lake in the Western Hemisphere. These areas are crucial not only for national defense but also for environmental conservation and community resilience.

The landscape encompasses Hill Air Force Base, Camp Williams, Tooele Army Depot, and the Air Force Little Mountain Test Facility. Together, these installations provide comprehensive training, testing, and support facilities utilized by all branches of the U.S. military. The area is also home to the Utah Test and Training Range, the largest contiguous block of special-use airspace in the continental United States.

Each partner contributes to a holistic approach that addresses the unique ecological, military, and community challenges of the Great Salt Lake area, ensuring that the landscape’s management strategies are robust, inclusive, and effective.

“This landscape highlights the connection between military readiness, environmental stewardship, and community support,” said Tyler B. Smith, Installation Resiliency Program Manager for Utah and interim Coordinator of the Great Salt Lake Sentinel Landscape. “Through the Sentinel Landscape initiative, Utah is leveraging state, federal, and local resources, along with private sector partnerships, to establish a model that works for everyone. This strategic approach ensures effective immediate solutions and sustainable long-term outcomes, aligning with Utah’s commitment to resilience and sustainability.”

For a detailed map and more information on the Great Salt Lake Sentinel Landscape, visit and read more from the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs here.