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Protecting School Trust Lands at Lake Mountain, Utah County

The Trust Lands Administration, in partnership with Utah County, completed the second of three cleanup projects at Lake Mountain, an area south of Saratoga Springs and west of Utah Lake. The Utah County Commission and SITLA coordinated the cleanup effort after the commission received complaints from residents about illegal dumping and undisciplined shooting in the area. On Saturday, May 17, Governor Gary R. Herbert visited with and thanked more than 250 high school student volunteers from five Utah County schools who cleaned up litter on school trust lands in the Long Canyon area. Students from American Fork, Lehi, Maple Mountain, Salem Hills, and Springville high schools collected nearly 11 tons of illegally-dumped construction materials, spent ammunition shells, and other debris, much of which has been used for target shooting. Employees from Utah County and SITLA collected the larger items, including appliances, furniture, and many tires. SITLA manages approximately 25,000 acres in this area, and 3.4 million surface acres throughout the state. Utah’s public schools are the sole beneficiary of revenue generated from school trust lands, which are managed by SITLA. “It’s rewarding to see these students take some ownership and demonstrate the importance of applying good stewardship practices to the lands that are managed on their behalf,” said SITLA Deputy Director Kim Christy. The first phase of cleanup began April 7 with agency personnel and volunteers from Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, youth and adult detention/correction facilities, and the Utah Rock Art and Research Association. Planning for the third and final phase of cleanup is underway.

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