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Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

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Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

1594 West North Temple, Suite 3520 Salt Lake City, UT 84114

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Address:
1594 West North Temple, Suite 3520
Salt Lake City
UT 84114
Interests:
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Fuels treatment economics
  • Internal safety zones
  • Watershed protection/management
  • Wildfire risk assessment
  • WUI codes and ordinances

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is mandated by the legislature to manage wildland fire on state and private lands that are not inside city limits. Historically the focus was on suppression only.

However, after the National Fire Plan, the Division’s Wildland Urban Interface Program was initiated. The program involves working with local governments, communities and private landowners on discussing the area’s wildfire threat and the predicted impacts (values at risk). With this awareness effort, staff assist with the development of Community Wildfire Preparedness Plans (yes, in Utah we “changed” the title) and identify actions within the designated area to reduce the wildfire risk.

If the landowners or community identify a fuel reduction project, Division staff works with them on grant applications, project layout and implementation.

Staff also attend numerous community events and continue with outreach and community engagement. Annually we assist communities with over 30 community chipping projects.

Staff are also trained to provide property assessments to landowners that request them.

Community Wildfire Preparedness Planning

Continually updating existing plans and facilitating the development of more CWPP's in Utah's 668 Communities At Risk.

Updating Outreach Material

Our current outreach material is over a decade old. We are working to make the materials clear and concise. Although we don't rely 100% on our materials, we do believe that after having a conversation with landowners, it's nice to leave them with more resources. Right now, the handout is 30 pages long. We would like to make it into a leaflet document...clear and concise.

Biomass Utilization

Our Division is trying to develop best practices for biomass utilization while we complete hazardous fuels reduction projects. Currently, the biomass material is still left on site, just in a different form...