Laura Vernon

Division Planner

DNR, Forestry, Fire and State Lands


Laura Vernon is the Division Planner for the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. For over 15 years she has worked with federal, state, and local governments and industry leaders on contemporary planning and environmental policy issues in the West. Her education and professional experience focuses on land use planning, public involvement, socioeconomic analyses, project management and strategic planning. She has worked on numerous exciting and innovative Great Salt Lake-related projects over the last 10 years including the development of the 2013 Great Salt Lake Comprehensive Management Plan to recent exploration of the economic impacts of a declining Great Salt Lake. Responsible for convening the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council and the Great Salt Lake Technical Team, she has appreciated the opportunity to get know the stakeholders who are so invested in keeping the lake great.


Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake is a place where nothing is as it appears. It is a landscape of the imagination, where anything is possible.

    Terry Tempest Williams, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Advisory Board