The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is responsible for ensuring forest health, responding to wildland fires and managing sovereign lands in Utah.
The Division prevents, suppresses and prepares for wildfires on state and private land ensuring that communities, watersheds, rangelands and wildlife habitat doesn’t suffer catastrophic losses. Fuel reduction programs not only reduce the risk from wildfire, but promote overall forest health. Specific forest health programs are available to private landowners and municipalities who request assistance in managing their urban forests and forested land.
Wildfires that occur on state and private lands that aren’t inside city limits are managed by the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands and coordinated through county fire wardens.
DNR works aggressively to remove invasive species like phragmites from the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake. Its removal is necessary because of the amount of water it consumes.
The “State Lands” in the Division’s title are almost exclusively “Sovereign Lands”. They consist of the beds of some of Utah’s rivers and lakes. The beds of the Jordan and Bear Rivers as well as portions of the Colorado and Green Rivers are state sovereign lands. The beds of Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake and Bear Lake are all managed by the Division under Utah’s “Public Trust” doctrine.