Wildland Fire Program and Crews Honored by Utah House and Senate

SALT LAKE – The Wildland Fire Program and the Lone Peak Conservation Center crews were honored on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah Senate on February 6.  Representative Tyler Clancy read a legislative citation on the House floor to recognize the selfless service the members of the fire program show in protecting the citizens and …

Two Utah-Based Companies Awarded Grant Funding for Firebank Expansion

SALT LAKE – The Alliance for Green Heat has awarded two Utah-based companies grant funding to help expand firewood banks in Utah. Huber Woods and Brandt Services will receive funding to process fuel wood for needy households. Huber Woods, located in La Point, Utah, and Brandt Services in Monticello, Utah, will provide much-needed fuel wood for cooking and heating to …

Utah Shared Stewardship Holds Two Forest Product Industry Meetings 

Salt Lake – In January, Utah Shared Stewardship hosted two Forest Product Industry meetings in Richfield and Heber City to discuss challenges impacting the existing industry in Utah and opportunities for financial and technical assistance that will encourage wood utilization.  These meetings mark the third year Utah Shared Stewardship has hosted meetings that are focused on convening and supporting members …

State and Federal Wildfire Officials Celebrate Three Years of Decreased Wildfires in Utah as part of the Fire Sense Program

Salt Lake City, UT (Jan. 10, 2024) – Instead of facing a wildfire-prone season fueled by substantial growth in vegetation from a snowy year, state and federal authorities marked the conclusion of three successive years with decreasing wildfire numbers.  Data from 2020 to 2023 shows that human-caused wildfires were reduced by 52% from the first year and another 56% over …

Grant-Funded Initiatives Help Reshape the Jordan River Landscape

SALT LAKE CITY – Last fiscal year, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands awarded $645,000 in grant funding to municipalities and non-profit organizations with a vested interest in the Jordan River. This funding was used to complete projects to improve and preserve the river’s health and accessibility. Funding for these grants is a part of ongoing legislative …

Team Rubicon Receives 2023 WUI Mitigation Award for Outstanding Wildfire Mitigation Work in Moab

SALT LAKE CITY – Team Rubicon has been honored with the 2023 WUI Mitigation Award for their work in wildfire mitigation efforts in the wildland-urban interface within the Moab area. The award recognizes their dedication and innovative approach to safeguarding communities against the devastating impact of wildfires. “Much of the work we do in Moab couldn’t be accomplished without the …

Utah FFSL Seeks Stakeholder Comment on Mineral Extraction Rules

SALT LAKE – The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is seeking stakeholder comment through the informal rulemaking processes regarding a draft of mineral extraction rules, especially lithium extraction.  “Extracting lithium from Great Salt Lake is a unique economic opportunity for the state of Utah,” said Ben Stireman, Deputy Director of Lands and Minerals for the Utah Division …

Fire Sense Honored with 2023 Bronze Smokey Bear Award

SALT LAKE –  The interagency fire prevention campaign Fire Sense was honored by the US Forest Service, the Ad Council and the National Association of State Foresters with the bronze level of the Smokey Bear award at the NASF annual meeting in Baton Rogue, La., on September 20th.  The Smokey Bear awards began in the mid-1950s to recognize organizations on …