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Read our past Newsletters

Our Spring 2013 newsletter highlights our 2013 research and summer camp, as well as all the amazing events we got to host, like a panel discussion on salt and GSLI employee Arlene Landry's scientific illustration presentation.

Take a look at our Spring 2012 newsletter. It talks about all the exciting things that have happened over the last couple of months like getting a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation and being named a steward of the Spiral Jetty.

December 2011: Breaking News on Bioprospecting in Utah

GSLI Director, Bonnie Baxter gathering samples from the Great Salt Lake

Bioprospecting is all the rage in the scientific community. It has become so big the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands (FFSL) requires organizations to notify them from before removing certain microorganisms, or fungi from state land.

Always on the cutting edge, GSLI has been busily involved with the new Bioprospecting Act:

  • We are the first organization in the state to register under the act.
  • We helped to draft the legislation.

For all the details read the press release.

What is Bioprospecting?

People think of prospectors and one of the first things that come to mind is a gold prospector, a person who rushed into unknown territory to find something valuable. Bioprospecting is no different. It is the search for and collection of biological material that could be valuable. For example, it may be possible to make biofuel from the extreme algae living in Great Salt Lake. Research may turn those algae into a profitable fuel. If that’s possible, one might say we’ve struck gold.

How is the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands Involved?

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands manages the bed of Great Salt Lake for all Utah citizens. The agency is responsible for many activities and parts of the lake ranging from bioprospecting to the Spiral Jetty.  

Need more information on how (or if) you need to register?

Anyone interested in bioprospecting should contact the Division of Forestry, Fire and State lands by calling 801-538-5555 or by visiting their homepage. The online registration can be found here.