FY 2016 Appropriation

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is: "To sustain and enhance the quality of life for people today and tomorrow, through the coordinated and balanced stewardship of our natural resources."

The DNR Administration line item develops, implements, and coordinates the management of Utah's natural resources. The functions within this line item include: Executive Director's Office, Finance, Auditing, Public Affairs, Law Enforcement oversight, and the Lake Commissions.

Funding History

Funding Issues

DNR Richfield Office Building

The request is to borrow from the Sovereign Lands Management Restricted Account for the construction of a new DNR office building in Richfield, which will house the department staff, including the employees of the division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. The divisions will use their current lease payments to repay the loan to the restricted fund over time.
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $2,635,200 from all sources for Administration. This is a 60.1 percent reduction from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $2,542,200 from the General/Education Funds, a reduction of 61 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 Attorney General Dedicated Credit Adjustments$6,100$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$6,100$0General Fund
This item designates additional funding appropriated to an agency to pay higher costs for Attorney General services, due to statewide and AG-specific compensation increases.

The following are the top measures chosen by the agency management to gauge the success of this line item.

Increase of Other Funding Sources

Funding: Six years ago DNR executive management made a conscious decision to increase the department's reliance on funding different from the General Fund in business segments where staff provide services that are discretionary to DNR customers. This measure provides the percentage of non-general funds utilized to operate the department.

Other Funds

Number of DNR Employees to Administrative Employees

Employees-to-Manager Ratio: This performance metric is used to determine the efficiency of administration by comparing the total number of employees to the number of administrative staff in DNR.

Management Ratio

Out-of-State Travel Efficiency

Out-of-State Travel: This performance measurement is intended to measure the efforts to reduce out of state travel costs. The objective is to utilize new technology to communicate through Skype, Teleconferencing and other methods to reduce travel costs.

Out of State Travel


The following laws govern operation of DNR Administration:

  • UCA 79-2-201 creates the Department of Natural Resources and lists the boards and Divisions within it.
  • UCA 79-2-302 allows the Department to adopt a fee schedule.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 98

Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for DNR Administration in Item 1, Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to: Capital Projects $25,000; Operating Budget Items $200,000.

SB0002: Item 145

The Legislature intends that the Department of Natural Resources work with the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst to identify ways to better optimize the resources of its financial operations and report to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee by November 30, 2015.

SB0002: Item 145

The Legislature intends that the Department of Natural Resources transfer $50,000 to the Bear Lake Commission to be expended only as a one-to-one match with funds from the State of Idaho.

SB0002: Item 145

The Legislature intends that the Department of Natural Resources continue to facilitate and staff the Executive Water Task Force.

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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.