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Public Lands

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A great deal of the Great Salt Lake Basin is publicly owned in Forest Service, BLM, and State lands. The following figures show the distribution of land ownership within each of the four major subbasins that make up the Great Salt Lake Basin.

Bear River Watershed

Weber River Watershed

Utah Lake Watershed

West Desert Basin

In general, the National Forest Lands (US Forest Service) are located in the higher elevation, mountainous areas of the watershed. The BLM lands are primarily located in the West Desert and Bear River Watersheds, and are generally associated with middle to lower elevation rangelands. Private areas of the watershed are typically located in the valley floors where agricultural and urban development has historically taken place. The following figure shows the distribution of land ownership throughout the basin.

Map of land ownership in the Great Salt Lake Basin enlargeClick to enlarge

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