Our work provides unremitting, intensive, positive, and challenging input in an effort to restore and protect southern Utah’s forests.
Our work is making a difference. Reducing the overuse of these forests won't happen overnight — but forest management and conditions are improving as we maintain a faithful, effective, positive presence. The results of our involvement include:
- Impressive field work showing where management can — and is — changing
- A major multi-stakeholder collaboration that developed consensus principles of ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable livestock grazing on the three forests (2011–2012)
- Successful challenges to specific management decisions and projects that would have failed to support or restore healthy, diverse conditions
- Utah’s first-ever beaver management plan (2010) and the beginnings of beaver live-trapping from problematic sites and translocation to priority habitat (2012)
- New aspen restoration guidelines that address the causes of aspen decline on these forests (2011) and a collaboration to apply those guidelines on an entire mountain (Monroe Mountain, 2011–present)
- Founding of the Three Forests Coalition in 2003, which has brought more than two dozen comprehensive alternatives to projects and plans proposed on the Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti–La Sal forests.
- Continuous and positive engagement with forest managers
Rewarding connections with communities, landowners, permittees, and volunteers