FY 2016 Appropriation

The Park Operation Management program provides for the daily operations of the 43 state parks. Hosting the public, interpretation, law enforcement, park maintenance, and administrative functions within the parks are done within this program. This is the largest and most comprehensive program in the division.

Park rangers enforce water safety at state park and non-park sites, such as Lake Powell, and Flaming Gorge. They also enforce OHV regulations and help police patrol the state-wide trail system. During the winter, they perform trail grooming on 23,000 miles of trail in a season and assist with other needs.

State parks are divided into three categories: Heritage, Recreation, or Scenic. Each park is unique and requires unique knowledge and experience from the park manager.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $24,080,600 from all sources for Park Operation Management. This is a 2.7 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $2,850,500 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 3.1 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time 07. Dead Horse Point Campground$20,000 ($20,000)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$20,000$0General Fund
$0 ($20,000)General Fund, One-time
Priotitized #7 by the subcommittee. Estimated O&M is $20,000.

Intent Language

SB0002: Item 151

The Legislature intends that the $50,000 appropriation increase for This Is the Place Heritage Park be transferred to the park only after the park has received matching funds of at least $50,000 from Salt Lake City and at least $50,000 from Salt Lake County.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.