Great Salt Lake is a place where nothing is as it appears. It is a landscape of the imagination, where anything is possible.

Terry Tempest Williams, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Advisory Board

Great Salt Lake is a unique place in the Western Hemisphere because large concentrations of birds visit there… The disappearance of Great Salt Lake wetlands could mean the disappearance of whole species of birds.

Gonzalo Castro, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Much has been made of the tragic loss of rain forests in our hemisphere... But, in fact, because of their productivity of plant and animal matter rich in fats and proteins, freshwater marshes are the most productive ecosystems on Earth.

Charles Potter, former Executive Director, North American Wildlife Foundation

We live along the Great Salt Lake, one of the most extraordinary natural features in North America. I do not believe we, as a community, have honored its rarity. Our lack of intimacy toward this inland sea is not out of neglect, but of ignorance. We do not know the nature of this vast body of water that sparkles and sings. If we did, the shores of the Great Salt Lake would look different.

Terry Tempest Williams, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Advisory Board

This is a fragile place, and a place where naked forms themselves give shape to our own often shapeless spiritual longings. We often wish to experience the non-city and the non-developed, to come close to a place where familiar things are not.

Will South, Images of Great Salt Lake, 1996

To travelers so long shut among the mountain ranges a sudden view over the expanse of silent waters had in it something sublime. Several large islands raised their rocky heads out of the waves. . . . Then, a storm burst down with sudden fury upon the lake, and entirely hid the islands from our view.

John C. Fremont, Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, 1845

We suggest that Great Salt Lake is a phenomenal asset to the state of Utah. Its mineral resources have been appreciated for almost 150 years. Brine shrimp are now appreciated because they are economically valuable. To only a very limited extent is the lake appreciated for tourism, for culture, for earth systems history and for education. 

Scientific Review Committee, Comments to the Great Salt Lake Management Planning Team, 1999

We live along the shores of something GREAT - Great Salt Lake.

And whether we preceive it or not

During its relatively short life as a remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville

It has affected all of us.

From the ancients who lived in the Great Salt lake wetlands

To the growing populations of today and tomorrow

The Lake affect continues to modify, influence and impress our lives.

 

Lynn de Freitas, FRIENDS Executive Director

It is a desert of water in a desert of salt and mud and rock, one of the most desolate and desolately beautiful of regions. Its sunsets, seen across water that reflects like polished metal, are incredible. Its colors are of a staring, chemical purity. The senses are rubbed raw by its moonlike horizons, its mirages, its parching air, its moody and changeful atmosphere.

Wallace Stegner, "Dead Heart of the West" in American Places, 1981

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Many thanks to those who worked hard to recognize the Lake formally!

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Why We Care

  • I grew up in Clinton, Utah, not far from the Great Salt Lake. From a young age the lake became a place of recreation, discovery, and solace. Every visit to its shores provides a unique and inspiring experience.

    Justin Wheatley, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant