Utah Land Management Evaluation and Assessment Network
What is the Utah Land Management Evaluation and Assessment Network?
An inclusive network of private and public land managers who actively manage land within Utah. Members in the network provide information on the most important information and research needs related to land management within the state. These needs can then be used to inform future funding decisions by a variety of agencies and organizations throughout Utah.
How will the Network be created?
The Network will be created through voluntary participation in a online survey designed to identify common and high-priority funding and research needs. The survey instrument is being developed by researchers at Utah State University in consultation with various land management programs around Utah; these programs include:
- The Watershed Restoration Initiative
- The Grazing Improvement Program (Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food)
- The Cooperative Wildlife Management Units program (Utah Div. of Wildlife Resources)
- The Utah Cattlemen’s Association
- The Utah Wool Growers Association
- The Utah Association of Conservation Districts
- The Utah Farm Bureau
- The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands
What are the goals of the Network?
The Network is intended to evolve and grow over time through periodic assessments of the most important information and research needs related to land management within the state. The ultimate goals of the Network are to:
- improve interagency, stakeholder, legislative, and university communication and partnership in managing for multiple-uses; and
- increase the effectiveness in managing public and private land and implementing restoration projects to optimize multiple-use benefits and incorporate the best available science.
Who’s leading the development of the Network?
Faculty with Utah State University Extension and the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State
- Jordan W. Smith, Director of the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
- Terry Messmer, Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute
For more information contact Jordan W. Smith at 435-797-9174 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.