The Salt Lake Field Office (SLFO) is unique in that it hosts approximately 86 percent of the state’s population - meaning just less than two million people within the SLFO boundary. Population growth and urbanized interface represent a complex management situation.
SLFO BLM acreages consist of 3.2 million surface acres and significantly more mineral estate within eleven northern Utah counties. There are approximately 15 million acres of land within the planning boundary, which includes portions of five National Forests, seven Native American Tribes, a Wildlife Refuge, three Native American Reservations, 13 State Parks, four Department of Defense facilities and several national historic sites and monuments. There are numerous communities and residential subdivisions making the largest wildland urban interface in Utah. SLFO programs are also affected by a variety of agreements with the United States Forest Service, State of Utah, Department of Defense and other BLM offices.
Portions of the Columbia Basin, Wyoming Basin, Middle Rocky Mountains, Upper Basin & Range and Colorado Plateau physiographic provinces occur within the SLFO and include wetlands, salt desert shrub, sagebrush-steppe, alpine and sub-alpine plant communities. The renowned Bonneville Salt Flats offer a view of the earth’s curve to thousands of race car enthusiasts and filmers from across the world. The SLFO faces challenges that are unique to both rural and urban communities in Utah. Individuals, corporations, and institutions rely on the SLFO’s resources for all aspects of their livelihood. SLFO also manages the Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse & Burro Center.
The SLFO contains historical communities, diverse terrain, scenic landscapes, and recreational attractions that figure prominently in the settlement, history, culture, and recreational enjoyment of northern Utah. Most of the traditional occupational pursuits historically associated with Utah can be found such as farming, ranching, mining, tourism, retail trade, transportation, and construction. Major transportation routes and utility corridors exist throughout the SLFO.