Bekee Hotze oversees the management of 216,000 acres of National Forest System lands adjacent to the capital city of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her role as the Salt Lake District Ranger includes balancing the need to protect watersheds and those of the recreating public. Her district provides 60% of the culinary water to Salt Lake City and is her primary consideration when making decisions on the landscape.
The Ranger District also has over 6 million visitors per year, primarily in Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, and Mill Creek Canyons. Visitation occurs year round and visitors enjoy a multitude of recreational experiences, such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, wildflower and wildlife viewing, and motorized off-road recreation. In addition, the Wasatch Mountains bring in artists who capture nature’s beauty in their preferred medium.