Research & Resources

"If you consider saline systems across the West, Great Salt Lake is the most important site in North America for aquatic bird communities. As an interior system, Great Salt Lake is arguably the most important single interior wetland site in North America."

- Don Paul, Great Basin Bird Conservation Region Coordinator

There's so much to learn about life on and around Great Salt Lake, as well as the organizations, programs and efforts at work to support increased awareness about its importance.

To help you get started, we have Great Salt Lake fact sheets, some choice weblinks to visit, and a page dedicated to other organizations and agencies working on the system. We hope these resources will expand your knowledge base about the Greater Great Salt Lake community.

 

Great Salt Lake Facts

Great Salt Lake supports a rich and dynamic biological system of regional, national and global importance. The amazing abundance of bird life at Great Salt Lake has earned its designation as a "Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve." Birds of regional, national and international significance are drawn to its 15,000 square miles…

Watershed Resources

Below is a comprehensive list of government agencies, organizations, and businesses involved with Great Salt Lake. This includes groups working on management and protection, as well as organizations involved with industry, recreation, education, and more. Organizations are categorized according to focus area and may appear in more than one category.…

Great Salt Lake Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

Steven R. Simms Professor of Anthropology Utah State University Logan, Utah A smoky haze rises among five domed huts constructed by placing mats of cattail and bulrush over willow frames. There are many more people here than usual, and perhaps four dozen men, women and children temporarily increase the size…

Research and Community Engagement

Assessment of Potential Costs of Declining Water Levels in Great Salt Lake - November 2019 "Policy solutions and investments in water for Great Salt Lake now can prevent future costs to the region. The magnitude of potential consequences, $25.4 billion to $32.6 billion over twenty years, suggests that major interventions…
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Why We Care

  • Several years ago I was enchanted by Alfred Lambourne’s romanticized paintings of the Great Salt Lake, so began my own quest to explore its islands and capture what I saw in quick, plein air, oil sketches.

    I made many day-trips to Black Rock and spent a significant amount of time camping on Stansbury and Antelope Islands, climbing their trails and swimming in their bays. My paintings became my diary as I observed the changing light and shadow on the rocks and water. The brine flies and gnats often hovered over my shoulder anxious to immortalize themselves in the sticky colorful oil paint.

    Kirk Henrichsen, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant