The purpose of the Utah Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee is to support and advise the office with its mission and purpose. Created in 2013 through S.B. 73, the purpose of the office is to:

  • Coordinate outdoor recreation policy, management and promotion among state and federal agencies and local government entities in the state (with the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office if public land is involved)
  • Promote economic development in Utah by coordinating with outdoor recreation stakeholders, improving recreational opportunities, and recruiting outdoor recreation business
  • Recommend to the governor and Legislature policies and initiatives to enhance recreational amenities and experiences in the state and help implement those policies and initiatives
  • Develop data regarding the impacts of outdoor recreation in the state; and
  • Promote the health and social benefits of outdoor recreation, especially to young people.

The committee is comprised of stakeholders in the outdoor recreation industry including urban and rural representatives from state agencies, outdoor products companies, guides and outfitters, nonprofit organizations, advocacy organizations, economic development organizations, university representatives and land management agencies.

The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation (OOR) is grateful for the committee’s service which helps contribute to the OOR mission: To ensure that Utahns can live an active and healthy lifestyle through outdoor recreation.

Board Members

_Bureau of Land Management

Abbie Jossie

_Vista Outdoor

Amanda Covington

_Western Spirit Cycling/Public Land Solutions

Ashley Korenblat

_Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

Bailey Bowthorpe

_NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program

Betsy Byrne

_Trout Unlimited

Brett Prettyman

_Utah Guides & Outfitters/Western River Expeditions

Brian Merrill

_Save Our Canyons

Carl Fisher

_National Parks Conservation Association

Cory MacNulty

_Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Service

David Whittekiend

_Dept. Of Wildlife Resources

Dean Mitchell

_Governor's Office of Management and Budget

Evan Curtis

_Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council

George Sommer

_Momentum Climbing

Greg Paul

_Utah Office of Tourism

Jay Kinghorn

_Utah State Parks

Jeff Rasmussen

_Amer Sports

Joshua Bradley

_Salt Lake Climbers Alliance

Julia Geisler

_Washington County Tourism Office

Kevin Lewis

_National Ability Center

Kevin Stickelman

_Golden Spike National Historic Site

Leslie Crossland

_Discover Utah Magazine

Monique Beeley

_Bike Utah

Phillip Sarnoff

_Envision Utah

Ryan Beck

_EDCUtah

Taylor Brightwell

_Utah Sierra Club

Will McCarvill

_USU Institute for Outdoor Recreation & Tourism

Steve Burr

_Salt Lake Valley Trail Society

Kevin Dwyer

_Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation

Colin Hilton

_At Your Leisure TV

Chad Booth