A professor at the University of Utah says his research shows that spending time outdoors in nature and disconnected from technology can enhance a person’s creative thinking.
SALT LAKE CITY — Pitt Grewe, the first director of the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation and a Cache Valley native, left the agency in October to work in the private sector, public information officer Kim Wells said.
Jason Curry has been named the new director of the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation (DOR).
The Utah Department of Natural Resources and Executive Director Joel Ferry appointed Jason Curry as the new director of the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation (DOR). Curry has been with the DNR since 1999 and was with the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands where he served as an Associate Director.
“Jason has a wealth of expertise that will help advance the Division’s mission‘ said Ferry. “It is critical that we continue to build a strong, sustainable outdoor recreation economy with opportunities that improve the quality of life in Utah by providing the best outdoor experiences possible.”
Curry brings an extensive background in outdoor adventure to expand and enhance Utah’s outdoor recreation opportunities and benefits by promoting the economic, mental and physical health benefits that come with outdoor activities.
With his experience and enthusiasm for any type of outdoor activity, Curry is up for the challenge. He has a wealth of experience mountain biking, skiing, OHV and snowmobiling, rock climbing, camping, sailing and just about any other form of outdoor recreation that allows him to maneuver the division in a positive direction.
The position is designed to work with land administrators and industry partners to represent the state’s outdoor recreation interests and inspire all Utahns to get outside and engage in outdoor recreation.
“Utah tops the charts for our variety of recreational opportunities. Outdoor recreation isn’t just a major pillar of Utah’s economy, but it’s a part of us. More than anything, it’s central to the amazing outdoor lifestyle we enjoy here,” said Curry. “I’m excited to join the team and work with Utah’s amazing communities, user groups, outdoor businesses, and nonprofits.”
Before being promoted to deputy director of the Department of Forestry, Fire and Government Land, as deputy director, he served as the department’s public information officer and lead investigator. He also served on the Davis County Search and Rescue Team for many years.
Curry began his career at DNR in 1999 as Public Affairs Coordinator, where he orchestrated public information and branding for the department for eight years. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
As part of DNR, DOR combines the nation’s first outdoor recreation agency with other state recreational management programs, including the Utah Boat Program, the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) program and Recreational Rangers.
DOR’s areas of focus include Recreational Access; security and education; management and sustained visit; and economic growth and opportunity through outdoor recreation.