Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
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TNC Visitor Center at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands PreserveUtah's Great Salt Lake is the largest natural saltwater lake in North America, and is internationally recognized for its importance to migratory water birds.

The Mitigation Commission and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) partnered to preserve valuable habitat around the Great Salt Lake, particularly in the Layton-Kaysville area, where TNC has established the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. The Preserve is an undiked natural landscape located on the eastern periphery of the Great Salt Lake and consists of approximately twelve contiguous shoreline miles and roughly 4,000 acres. Its visitor center features an open-air pavilion, 30-foot-high observation tower, and mile-long boardwalk trail through prime bird-watching habitat. Educational exhibits along the boardwalk offer lessons about the Lake's birdlife, habitats and need for its protection.

Since 1994, the Commission and TNC have acquired over 1,750 acres with Commission funds, primarily in the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. These purchases have complemented other area acquisitions, some by The Nature Conservancy and some by private entities for wetland mitigation banking. All the acquisitions result in securing the area for wetland restoration and wildlife values.

In May 2020, the Mitigation Commission released a final  Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact regarding the transfer of all its Federal ownership within the GSL Shorelands Preserve to TNC with deed restrictions, which would protect the property in perpetuity from future development. The draft EA also considers whether or not to authorize TNC to subsequently transfer 15.84 acres of that property to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), which they need for construction and operation of the West Davis Corridor.


Email Link to the Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission, urmcc@uc.usbr.govAddress for Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission, 230 South 500 East, Suite 230, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-2045, (801)524-3146, Fax (801)524-3148