Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Forest Legacy Program

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The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is now accepting applications for the Forest Legacy Program in federal fiscal year 2019. Completed applications will be due June 26, 2017.

Contact Laura Vernon at the phone or email below with questions about the 2019 application process.

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands will be accepting pre-applications for FY21 Forest Legacy funding in November 2018. Please check back at that time for the pre-application.

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is now accepting pre-applications for the Forest Legacy Program (FLP) in federal fiscal year 2021. You can download the pdf form below. The pre-application is due on November 26, 2018. Please see the form below for details. Invitations to submit a full application for FY21 will occur in early-December.:

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is now accepting applications for the Forest Legacy Program (FLP) in federal fiscal year 2018. Applicants must have submitted a pre-application before March 30, 2016 in order to submit a full application. Download, review and complete all forms below and submit by close of business June 22, 2016.

Please submit applications via hardcopy/email to Laura Vernon at the address below:

Laura Vernon
Forest Legacy Coordinator
Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands
1594 West North Temple, Suite 3520
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5703
phone: 801.538.5530
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Program

The Utah Forest Legacy Program is designed to protect and manage, for future generations, environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Conservation easements are used to achieve this goal with priority given to lands which:

  • are threatened by future conversion to non-forest uses
  • maintain forest sustainability
  • protect and enhance water quality and water supplies
  • protect wildlife habitat and maintain habitat connectivity for biodiversity
  • maintain and restore riparian areas, and
  • assist in maintaining the cultural and economic vitality of rural communities

Once key areas and properties are subdivided, fragmented and converted to developed uses, the critical natural resource values are often lost forever.

The program has been operating in Utah since 1999.

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Private Landowner Forests

The role of private forest lands in helping produce a sustainable flow of goods and services dramatically exceeds that of Federal lands. Across America, 67% of the forests are non-Federal. The wise use of these lands is critical to the health and quality of human life, for ourselves and future generations. Successful conservation and the continuing goods and services flow from natural resources depend on encouraging sound forest stewardship by private landowners.

Conservation Easements

One method of assistance to landowners is to purchase conservation easements on a “willing seller” basis. Instead of making costly outright purchase of forest land, conservation easements limit development rights. This insures that the land will remain in forest cover while private landowners continue to own, manage and use their lands and natural resources.

Owner's Management Plan

Accompanying the conservation easement is a Management Plan or Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) that is drawn up for each specific property. The FSP is written to encourage long-term stewardship by assisting private landowners with the active management of their forest and related resources. It is intended to be an action oriented, working document. The Plan is amended periodically to schedule a new phase of management practices, account for changes in landowner objectives, land ownership, market conditions, or other factors which may not have been present or apparent originally.

Public Values

Conservation easements provide a tool to protect the basic values associated with desirable quality of life for the citizens of Utah. The protection of forest land, watershed, wildlife, air quality and scenic beauty provides benefits to each of us, even though public access is not always involved.

Utah Update

We have compiled an extensive list of qualified properties throughout the state. Landowners in Utah have shown a high degree of interest in protecting and managing their land for future generations.

In most cases, landowners are willing to donate a portion of their conservation easement value to the Forest Legacy Program.

Projects Completed

Working with our partners, the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands has accomplished the following:

  • 74,737 acres protected
  • 26 projects completed
  • $30.8 million spent in Forest Legacy funds
  • $28.1 million donated by land owners
  • $10.8 million matched with non-federal funds 
  • $69.8 million received in conservation easement value


Our partnership with The Trust for Public Land has assisted with the expertise to move forward. Funding support from the Governor’s Quality Growth Commission has supplemented U.S.D.A. Forest Service funding. We have also developed partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, Utah Open Lands, and The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The cooperation and common interests of these public-private partnerships have been instrumental in program success.

More Information

For more information on protecting your private, forested land, contact the Utah Forest Legacy Program at:

Div. of Forestry, Fire & State Lands
1594 W North Temple, Ste 3520
PO Box 145703
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5703

Or contact:

Laura Vernon at 801-538-5530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.