Busy Year on the Fillmore Ranger District

Release Date: Dec 19, 2011   FILLMORE, UT

Contact(s): Wende Wilding, 435.743.3127

This has been a busy year for employees, partners, cooperators and volunteers on the Fillmore Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest. Projects completed on the District include campground, trail and road maintenance, noxious weed treatment, range monitoring and maintenance, wildlife surveys, wildland fire prevention, education and mitigation, and prescribed fire and fuel treatment projects.

The recreation crew, trails crew, and road maintenance employees partnered with a variety of groups and individuals including Central Utah Interagency Fire and Fuels employees, Millard County Sheriff’s Office, Millard County Inmate Crew, Millard County Road Department, the Sandrock Ridgeriders, Fillmore 3rd Ward, Annabelle 2nd Ward, the Doug Robison Family, Ken Finlinson, Austin Johnson, Cody Stott, and Joshua Flake (Eagle Scout candidates).  All of these employees, groups, and individuals accomplished a great deal of work on the Fillmore Ranger District, Fishlake National Forest.

Below are a few examples of what work was accomplished on Forest Service lands.

  • Mag chloride dust abatement on Chalk Creek and Kanosh Canyon roads.
  • Maintained 76 miles of ATV trails, 94 miles of horse and foot trails, cleared 80 miles of forest service roads, and replaced approximately 40 trail signs.
  • Installed 12 new picnic tables in Oak Creek Campground, replaced the boardwalk at Maple Grove Campground, and installed 60 new site posts in both campgrounds.
  • Installed 6 new interpretive signs along the Devil’s Den Memorial Trail in Oak City.
  • Installed 2 new interpretive signs at the Chalk Creek Hieroglyphs sites up Fillmore Canyon.
  • Austin Johnson designed and installed a new dutch oven rack at Pistol Rock Picnic Area.
  • Cody Stott conducted trail maintenance and installed new trail signs on the Adelaide Nature Loop trail adjacent to the Adelaide Campground.
  • Joshua Flake repaired and painted the picnic tables at Group Site #4 in Oak Creek Campground.
  • The Sandrock Ridgeriders installed 2 new ATV cattle guards along the Horse Flat Trail,as well as assisted in the installation of a new bridge.
  • Employees continued the implementation of the 2006 Motorized Travel Plan.

District employees and partners treated noxious weeds on over 5,800 acres of public lands in the Cove Fort and Sawmill Fire areas. The highlight for the Fillmore District was Cove Fort Weed Day, which was held in May with the help from Millard High School, Bureau of Land Management, State of Utah, and Millard County.

Fillmore and Beaver Ranger District wildlife employees partnered with cooperators in studying the movement and reproduction of radio-collared black bears on the forest as well as continuing other wildlife surveys of sensitive wildlife habitat. The employees also stayed busy constructing approximately 3.5 miles of barriers to close unauthorized ATV trails in critical deer and elk winter range areas.

Range Mangers surveyed the range conditions on 24 livestock grazing allotments. With the moisture received during the winter and spring months forage production was excellent. Year end grazing studies show forage utilization levels by livestock and wildlife was light in most areas. The unutilized forage will help build the forest soils and stimulate plant growth next year.

With the support of Smokey Bear, Central Utah Interagency Fire and Fuels crews, and seasonal employees from the Fillmore Ranger District, the Wildland Fire Prevention, Education and Mitigation program were very active as well. Smokey Bear and helpers instructed approximately 35 wildland fire school education, hunter’s education and scout programs as well as attending 25 parades, fairs and rodeo events in Millard, Juab and Beaver Counties.

The Central Utah Interagency Fire and Fuel crews implemented and successfully completed 1000 acres on two separate fuel treatment projects. The West 8-Mile and Kanosh Bench Enhancement Projects treated pinyon and juniper fuels with mastication (mulching) and brush saw. The projects have been designed to improve the protection of surrounding structures, maintain established fuel breaks, reduce potential fire behavior, facilitate conditions for safe and effective fire suppression activities, and improve the areas for livestock and wildlife.