Laura Ault – Presentation 1

The Great Salt Lake Comprehensive Management Plan & the Mineral Leasing Plan Revision


The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands (FFSL) is currently revising the Great Salt Lake Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) and Mineral Leasing Plan (MLP). The CMP will provide a comprehensive management approach to the sovereign lands and resources under the jurisdiction of FFSL. The management plan will incorporate a wealth of new scientific data that has been developed since the current plan was adopted in 2000. Various management scenarios for the Great Salt Lake will be considered, taking into account environmental, social, and economic impacts.

Together with SWCA Environmental Consultants, FFSL has engaged federal, state, and local government agencies, stakeholders, and the general public in a two-year planning process. The Final Draft CMP and MLP is complete and available for public comment until May 31, 2012. The Final CMP, MLP and Decision Document will be completed Summer 2012.

Laura Ault is the Forest Legacy Coordinator and planner for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. She works with private forest landowners to obtain conservation easements through the US Forest Service Forest Legacy Program. As a planner for the Division, Laura is the project lead for the Great Salt Lake Comprehensive Management Plan.

Prior to joining the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands she worked as a Project Manager for the State and Local Planning Section of the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Laura worked closely with the Utah Quality Growth Commission and the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund on issues related to land use planning. She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture degree and a Master’s of Science degree in Bioregional Planning.

Photograph by Jeff Clay

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