The Fishlake National Forest in central Utah features majestic stands of aspen encircling open mountain meadows that are lush with a diverse community of forbs and grasses. Fish Lake, from which the forest takes its name, is considered by many to be the gem of Utah. The largest natural mountain lake in the state, it offers trophy fishing and bird watching. The mountains of the Fishlake are a source of water for many of the neighboring communities and agricultural valleys in the region. Elk, deer, black bear, cougar and moose can be found on the Forest, as well as wild turkey and mountain goats.
The Fishlake National Forest intends to modify its forest plan monitoring program to comply with the 2012 planning rule. The 2012 planning rule, which is found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 36 CFR 219, guides forest plan monitoring across the Forest Service. All forest plan monitoring programs in the Intermountain Region must conform with the requirements of the rule by May 9, 2016.
The Forest Service has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) that consents to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offering the Greens Hollow Coal Tract for competitive sale. The consent is subject to requirements that will protect surface water, groundwater, roadless characteristics, sage grouse habitat, big game habitat and cultural resources.
The FS decision to consent to the BLM leasing these lands is not the final federal action. Based on FS consent, the BLM will make an independent decision on whether to offer these lands for lease.