Learning Center

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The Manti-La Sal National Forest is your living classroom.  Here you can learn about the natural world around you and how nature and the human population influence each other.

Visit the Nature & Science page to learn about the area we live in and how it's been formed over the years. The History and Culture page discusses how the Forest came about and the people that came before you. The Outdoor Safety and Ethics helps you plan your next outdoor adventure safely! There's even special sections Just for Kids, as well as for Parents and Teachers that provide resources to make learning about nature and conservation fun and exciting.


There are several Federal and State agencies who work together to manage your public lands.  Do you know the difference? 


USDA  Forest Service

The Forest Service is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages 193 million acres of land, roughly the size of Texas.  We manage public lands in the form of national forests and grasslands, provide technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies and make up the largest forestry research organization in the world. 

The Forest Service is dedicated to multiple-use management for the sustained yield of renewable resources such as water, forage, wildlife, wood and recreation. Multiple-use means managing resources under the best combination of uses to benefit the American people while ensuring the productivity of the land and protecting the quality of the environment.


National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


Bureau of Land Management

Congress tasked the BLM with a mandate of managing public lands for a variety of uses such as energy development, livestock grazing, recreation, and timber harvesting while ensuring natural, cultural, and historic resources are maintained for present and future use. 

To do this, they manage public lands to maximize opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities.  This promotes healthy and productive public lands that create jobs in local communities while supporting traditional land uses such as responsible energy development, timber harvesting, grazing, and recreation, including hunting and fishing.


Utah State Parks

The Utah Division of State Parks, part of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all Utah residents by preserving and providing natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Division manages Utah’s 44 state parks, heritage sites, and museums, which are explored by nearly 4 million visitors annually.


Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), part of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), serves the people of Utah by managing, sustaining and enhancing the state's wildlife populations and by conserving wildlife habitat. The Division also oversees hunting and fishing opportunities statewide.

As public servants, DWR employees seek to balance social- and science-based management and are eager to cultivate and strengthen partnerships with any individual, organization or agency that will commit time or other resources to benefit wildlife or expand recreational opportunities.