Chief Sponsor: Jeffrey D. Stenquist

Senate Sponsor: Jacob L. Anderegg


8     General Description:
9          This bill addresses coordinated investment in outdoor recreation infrastructure.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     creates the Recreation Coordinated Investment Initiative;
14          ▸     grants rulemaking authority;
15          ▸     requires reporting; and
16          ▸     addresses funding of the initiative.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     ENACTS:
23          79-7-501, Utah Code Annotated 1953
24          79-7-502, Utah Code Annotated 1953
25          79-7-503, Utah Code Annotated 1953

27     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

28          Section 1. Section 79-7-501 is enacted to read:
29          79-7-501. Definitions.
30          As used in this part:
31          (1) "Initiative" means the Recreation Coordinated Investment Initiative created in this
32     part.
33          (2) "Outdoor recreation infrastructure" includes:
34          (a) a trail, trail head infrastructure, signage, and crossing infrastructure for both
35     nonmotorized and motorized recreation;
36          (b) a campground or day-use recreation site;
37          (c) water recreation infrastructure, including a pier, dock, or boat ramp; and
38          (d) outdoor recreation facilities that are accessible to visitors with disabilities.
39          (3) "Public lands" includes local, state, and federal lands.
40          Section 2. Section 79-7-502 is enacted to read:
41          79-7-502. Recreation Coordinated Investment Initiative.
42          (1) There is created within the division an initiative known as the "Recreation
43     Coordinated Investment Initiative."
44          (2) The initiative is to manage, maintain, expand, restore, and improve outdoor
45     recreation infrastructure on public lands within the state, including building new or expanding
46     existing outdoor recreation infrastructure to address increased usage and to minimize
47     overcrowding or overuse.
48          (3) Consistent with this part, the division may enter into:
49          (a) a partnership agreement to accomplish the objectives listed in Subsection (2) for
50     outdoor recreation infrastructure, such as a shared stewardship agreement, a challenge
51     cost-share agreement, or other formal agreement; and
52          (b) a recreation management agreement to maintain outdoor recreation infrastructure,
53     including motorized or nonmotorized trails, trail networks, or trails across multiple
54     jurisdictions.
55          (4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
56     division may make rules, after notifying the commission, establishing procedures consistent
57     with Subsections (2) and (5) for entering into an agreement described in Subsection (3).
58          (5) To accomplish the objectives listed in Subsection (2), the initiative shall develop

59     and oversee a project proposal process to:
60          (a) develop statewide priorities that reflect eligibility criteria established under this
61     section, including projects that:
62          (i) are of interest and benefit to recreation users;
63          (ii) offer the advantages and effectiveness of participation between state and other land
64     management agencies;
65          (iii) would benefit local communities; and
66          (iv) can be completed in a timely manner; and
67          (b) address funding amounts allocated in the agreements described in Subsection (3).
68          (6) The director of the division shall designate staff with relevant expertise or
69     experience to administer the initiative.
70          (7) (a) The initiative staff shall compile data and provide a performance report to the
71     Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee on or before November 1
72     of each year.
73          (b) An annual performance report under this Subsection (7) shall include for a fiscal
74     year:
75          (i) by source, the initiative's total annual resources, including partner funds;
76          (ii) the total amount of outdoor recreation infrastructure project areas that are benefited
77     by the initiative during the fiscal year;
78          (iii) the total amount of trail miles that receive maintenance;
79          (iv) the total amount of state funding or in-kind resources that are used to leverage
80     non-state partner resources; and
81          (v) other performance metrics that demonstrate the effectiveness of the initiative.
82          Section 3. Section 79-7-503 is enacted to read:
83          79-7-503. Funding of initiative.
84          The initiative is funded from the following sources:
85          (1) appropriations made to the initiative by the Legislature, including any appropriation
86     from the Outdoor Adventure Infrastructure Restricted Account created in Section 51-9-902;
87     and
88          (2) contributions, including in-kind assistance, from public and private sources,
89     including a federal agency, state agency, local government, or private entity.