On Elk Ridge in southeastern Utah, a unique opportunity has arisen. With cooperation between the Forest Service, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Trust, the 28,000-acre White Mesa Cultural and Conservation Area will be closed to livestock at least through 2022. This is the only allotment on the forest (out of 92) with no livestock grazing. In 2013, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe agreed to ten more years of rest from livestock. Over the next decade, the Forest Service plans to undertake extensive prescribed burning of ponderosa pine and aspen in order to retain older ponderosa pine, and increase aspen sprouting and recruitment.