Conservation Almanac




Utah Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Park City, UT

    Salt Lake County, UT

    Salt Lake City, UT

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2015 14.3 $500,000
2014 340.0 $6,200,000
2012 1,194.0 $17,802,500
2011 1,450.5 $4,990,702
2010 265.0 $2,055,000
2009 834.0 $18,682,100
2008 844.0 $40,925,737
2007 1,876.9 $14,934,840
2006 57.0 $3,120,000
2005 1,296.5 $13,213,625
2004 767.5 $3,481,021
2003 255.3 $4,990,791
2002 2.3 $45,412
2001 445.8 $8,336,060
2000 100.9 $2,366,345
1999 158.3 $3,614,442
Totals 9,902.3 $145,258,577

Highlighted State Programs

Utah LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund

Established in 1999 and conceived as an incentive program to encourage the conservation of valuable landscapes, the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund - administered by the Utah Quality Growth Commission - provides matching funds for the preservation and restoration of critical open lands, wildlife habitat, watershed protection areas, scenic and historic lands, and agricultural lands. Legislative appropriations are capped at a maximum of $6 million annually, however funding has dwindled in recent years; the fund receives monies from a range of other sources, including private contributions and proceeds from the sale of state surplus lands. Recipients of grants include Utah counties, cities, and towns, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and nonprofit organizations. The Fund has also leveraged money from the federal government, other state and local governments, and private sources, including landowner donations.

In order to acquire farmland, the Critical Agricultural Land Conservation Fund administered by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food was established in 1999 to receive the proceeds of the sale of surplus state lands. The fund was capped at $100,000, and allocations were made at the direction of the state's Critical Resource Lands Conservation Committee. The Committee focused on purchasing development rights on working farms and securing long-term leases to agricultural property in an attempt to keep critical resource lands in private ownership. From 2000 to 2004, the Fund assisted in establishing easements on nine properties in Utah. No money has been added to the Fund since 2002. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food does hold conservation easements, and money for new easements has come from FRPP (now ACEP, as of February 2014), the LeRay McAllister Fund, private foundations, and other public and private sources, including land owner donations.

2015 0.0 $335,000
2012 54.3 $507,500
2011 0.0 $73,000
2010 0.0 $1,592,000
2009 265.0 $210,000
2008 0.0 $1,353,800
2007 0.0 $2,100,000
2006 0.0 $1,760,000
2005 0.0 $3,092,500
2004 0.0 $1,102,000
2003 0.0 $250,000
2002 0.0 $415,612
2001 339.7 $3,357,671
2000 44.2 $2,799,350
1999 0.0 $1,559,174
Total703.1 $20,507,607

State Wildlife Management Program

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources within the Department of Natural Resources preserves habitat and administers wildlife management areas and, within these areas, owns and manages highly valued wildlife habitat. Funding for these projects comes from the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund and revenue received from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, permits, stamps, and certificates of registration, which are deposited into a Wildlife Habitat Account. This account is utilized to benefit wildlife habitat and to improve public access for hunting and fishing.

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

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State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.