Canyons Strategic Plan
Canyons Management Program
The lands within Salt Lake County are vital natural infrastructure. The benefits of accessing nature for our mental health, physical health, and outdoor recreation economy enhance our community at large. The canyons frame Salt Lake County's greater Wasatch Front and Oquirrh Mountains; from the highest snow-covered peaks to the creeks which flow through our canyons and urban systems into the Great Salt Lake.
The Canyons Management Program takes a holistic approach to the planning, relationship, and preservation of all canyons within Salt Lake County. We strive to understand our canyons through the lens of our community and the integral connections to our urban ecological system.
The Office of Regional Development is a convener with partners on key aspects across Salt Lake County, including Economic Development, Planning and Transportation, Housing and Community Development, Environmental Impact, and the Canyons Management Program. The Canyons Management Program directs, plans, oversees and evaluates all programs within the office of Regional Development that fall within the lands of the Wasatch, Traverse, and Oquirrh mountains.
We work collaboratively with state and local governments, businesses, and community organizations to accomplish goals today to ensure a sustainable and bright future for the next generation and beyond.
The Canyons Management Program advocates for increased outdoor opportunities through equitable access to our public lands. Our team provides technical expertise, policy knowledge, and experience related to the stewardship, protection, enhancement, and use of natural resources within the Central Wasatch, Traverse, and Oquirrh mountain ranges within Salt Lake County. Our work focuses on County priorities and direction by coordinating with internal agencies and community stakeholders.
Salt Lake County is committed to protecting our communities’ natural and ecological resources which frame our urban environment. The roots of the Canyons Management Program are founded on a deep connection to our natural landscapes advocating a balanced approach between recreation and conservation. The Canyons Management Program’s framework will position Salt Lake County as a leading agency, coordinating holistic strategy in creating an action plan for the Traverse, Oquirrh and Wasatch Mountains.
Protect, enhance and promote ecological and social values in the canyons through balanced approaches in conservation, recreation, and thriving communities in Salt Lake County
A vibrant and thriving ecosystem and community connection to our canyons