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.
BLM received application for a lease on non-leased NFS coal lands and for FS consent to the lease. BLM and FS are co-leading preparation of SEIS in cooperation with Office of Surface Mining to disclose effects of proposed lease.
The Forest Service has released a draft decision that could make 73.4 million tons of in-place federal coal resources in central Utah available for lease while protecting ecological and cultural resources.
In reaching the draft decision, the Forest Service considered supporting the economies of Sanpete, Sevier and Emery counties, helping meet the energy needs of people in the western United States, and ensuring the conservation and restoration of federal lands.
The Forest Service’s draft decision consents to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offering the Greens Hollow Federal Coal Lease Tract for competitive sale.