Dixie National Forest Partnership

Project Need: Gifts of Any Amount

Public lands in Southern Utah are interconnected by water, trees, trails, and mountains.  Each region is part of a larger ecological and cultural tapestry. Understanding this, the Forever Project is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, underscoring our dedication to preserving the unique landscapes of Zion National Park and extending our stewardship into approximately two million acres of wild land in the Dixie National Forest. 

With support from Iron County, our first success was to work to secure the resources needed to restore a historic structure just outside Cedar Breaks National Monument. The 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Fire Overlook Tower, atop the scenic summit of Brian Head Peak, lost its roof during high winds. Working with Iron County, USFS, and our donors, we are restoring the small building to its original state, where it sits high on the peak just above 11,000 feet. This project preserves a significant piece of history and enhances the value of one of the most breathtaking views in Southern Utah.

In addition to the historic building restoration, we are excited to announce the opening of a new retail outlet at the Pine Valley Heritage Center. More than just a place for maps and information, the Heritage Center now offers a unique selection of forest-themed products. Every purchase made supports critical Forest Service projects, from custom Smokey Bear apparel to convenience items, as well as books and gifts to share with family and friends. Proceeds directly contribute to funding new trail crews and maintaining the hundreds of miles of trails that crisscross the Dixie National Forest, ensuring that these paths remain safe and accessible for recreators of all types.  

Beyond retail items and visitor services, the Forever Project will also increase the educational programming opportunities at Pine Valley. Bringing a team of trained naturalists and biologists, Zion Forever staff will offer new and creative programming to educate visitors about the forest, its opportunities, and their role in taking care of it.

The partnership is based on a shared vision of sustainability, education, and community engagement. As we grow, the Zion National Park Forever Project will continue to spearhead initiatives that enhance visitor experiences and foster environmental stewardship in our shared public lands.