Scorched earth runs along the highway to the fence line of homes in Saratoga Springs from a recent fire caused by target shooters. Signs of illegal dumping are obvious among the foothills west of Utah Lake near Lake Mountain; ironically, less than 10 miles away from the Bay View Landfill. These are areas that get a lot of use because of their proximity to the population centers of the Wasatch Front.

Blocks of School and Institutional Trust Land checkerboard the area with signs indicating trust land boundaries, but some users don’t differentiate these boundaries as different from the surrounding land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
This week on the County Seat we will investigate the impacts that some recreational users are having on trusts lands near Lake Mountain. Illegal dumping, target shooting and rogue ATV trails are creating challenges for SITLA, the agency charged with managing trust lands to benefit the school children of Utah.

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