The Uinta Basin is a natural depression in northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado south of the Uinta Mountains.
- Recent record-setting large wildfires
- Pinyon-Juniper systems infilled with cured invasive annual grasses posing risks for extreme fire behavior
- Water supply infrastructure protection
- Oil and gas development
- Recreational-residential construction
- Domestic livestock grazing
The largest town in this sparsely populated subregion is Vernal, Utah – recreation and tourism hub for the region. Critical infrastructure includes reservoirs that provide water for the Wasatch Front, oil and gas development, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Nations, and three highways providing travel to and from the city of Vernal.
All principal drainage is to the Green River. Mat saltbush provides fuel in wetter years.
Darren McAvoy, Utah State University Forestry Extension