Projects

Projects

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is involved in many different projects and planning efforts to ensure responsible management of the Forest. Projects are designed to move toward the desired conditions described in our 2003 Revised Forest Plan. Projects and activities designed for implementation under the revised Forest Plan will be subject to environmental analysis to assure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Examples of site-specific projects include reconstructing developed recreation campgrounds, prescribed burning in the wildland-urban interface, harvesting timber to improve habitat for wildlife, and issuance of special use permits.

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Allwest Communications Fiber Optic Line Upgrade

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Allwest Communications to upgrade an existing 525-foot section of copper line with 96-strand fiber optic line. The upgraded line would be installed along the existing copper line, which runs along Highway 150.

American Fork River armoring project

The Pleasant Grove Ranger District proposes to armor the banks of the American Fork River to minimize the risks of erosion.

Beef Pasture Pipeline

Installing a new pipeline and trough to improve livestock distribution.

Butterfly Lake: Notch Connection Trail

The Heber-Kamas Ranger District proposes to create a Class 4 trail around Butterfly Lake. A portion of the proposed trail would be built on existing user-created trails, while a portion would involve new trail construction.

Lagoon Pipeline

Add a trough outside of an exclosure.

Logan Peak Trail

A proponent has requested adding approx. 1.6mi of system trail from Logan Dry Canyon Trail to Logan Peak. Trail was likely constructed by CCC and previously a system trail that was removed. Approximately 50% of the trail would need repairs.

Mud Creek Pipeline

A headbox, pipeline and 3 troughs would be installed to lessen the impact on boreal toads.

Pelican Beach Parking Expansion

The Ogden Ranger District proposes to expand the parking area at Pelican Beach on the east side of Pineview Reservoir. The proposed expansion is in response to an increase in recreation demand for the Pelican Beach area.

Precipitation Study USU

Utah State University is requesting to conduct research aimed at better understanding the vegetative response to climate change. The proposal involves installation of twelve (12m x12m) "precipitation manipulation shelters" at forest edge sites.

Rankin Water Development Permit Reissue

Permit Holders Ron and Carol Rankin are applying to have their current permit for spring development, water storage tank and transmission line reissued for an additional 20 year term.

Snowbird Mineral Basin Howitzer mount

Snowbird Ski Resort proposes installation of a Howitzer in Mineral Basin for avalanche control on both Forest Service and private lands. Snowbird currently conducts avalanche reduction in Mineral Basin using hand charges and Avalaunchers.

Snowbird Path to Paradise ski run modification

Snowbird Ski Resort proposes an extension of the Path to Paradise ski run. Approximately 480 feet of Forest Service land through the Twin Peaks inventoried roadless area would be graded, resulting in a continuous 12-foot-wide track.

Soapstone Summer Home #19

Install a septic system and add an addition to the cabin.

South Streeper Corral Pipeline

Install a pipeline and trough.

Staker Relocation Environmental Assessment

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Pacificorp to relocate a 0.5-mile segment of an existing transmission line onto National Forest System lands to avoid excavation activites on private land.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache N.F. Forest Plan Monitoring Realignment

The UWCNF has begun a process to realign its forest plans with the 2012 Final Planning Rule (see: 36 Code of Federal Regulations 219). In particular, the UWCNF will address the purpose of the monitoring plan program set forth in 36 CFR 219.12(a)(1).

Under Analysis

Energy Gateway South 500 kV Powerline (EGS)

This proposed 500 kV transmission line is designed to deliver power to Rocky Mountain Power utility costumers in Utah and the intermountain west. Generation sources are located in central Wyoming.

High Uintas Wilderness Domestic Sheep Analysis Project

This project will evaluate the effects of continued domestic sheep grazing in the High Uintas Wilderness (HUW). There are 10 sheep allotments located on the north and south slopes of HUW and are located in both the Ashley and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NFs.

Kimball Land Exchange

Exchange of National Forest System lands (19.62) for Private Lands (25.11)to consolidate the ownership.

Loop Springs Trough Relocation

The existing trough would be moved from the dispersed camping site which has grown bigger over the years. The new trough location is approximately 260 feet from the current location.

Mill Creek Dam Removal and Restoration Project

The purpose of this project is to restore watershed function and aquatic ecosystem to more closely match historic conditions in Mill Creek Canyon.

Mud Flat Pipeline Reroute

Project would extend a pipeline across mud flat to an existing trough in Willow Creek and add a hydrant to the cow camp.

Nebo Creek Corral

Construct cattle corrals that are approximately 30 by 30 feet of steel panels. The purpose of the corral is to hold cattle at the site until they can be trailered off the Forest.

Nephi/Payson Allotment Fence

Reconstruct approximately ΒΌ mile of fence between the Nephi and Payson Allotments. A portion of the fence will be relocated out of trees and snow areas to better maintain after reconstruction.

North Heber Salvage Project

The proposal would remove bark beetle killed timber, supplement existing regeneration of spruce-fir to meet forest plan stocking rates, and obliterate the old road prisms, temporary roads, and skid trails. No new system roads are propoposed.

Ogden Ranger District Travel Plan Revision Supplemental EIS

The Ogden Ranger District is preparing a supplemental EIS in response to a March 7, 2012 court order instructing the Forest Service to address deficiencies in the previous EIS and record of decision for the Ogden Travel Plan.

Platte Petroleum Environmental Assessment

Burnett Oil Company has submitted an application for permit to drill a test well. The Forest Service will analyze impacts on surface resources. The Bureau of Land Management will be a cooperating agency and will analyze subsurface impacts.

Roughneck Vegetation Restoration Project

The UWCNF proposes: 3,369 acres of stand clearcut with leave trees; 2,770 acres of two-aged stand clearcut with reserves; 0.75 miles of new specified road construction; 46.7 miles of temporary road construction; and 15.2 miles of temporary road use.

Spawn Creek Trailhead

Project would reroute the Worm Trail out of Spawn Creek exclosure and up the hill to the west.

Three Creeks Allotment Consolidation

The proposal is to consolidate 10 grazing allotments (5 BLM and 5 FS) into 1 management unit with 20 pastures on BLM and 8 pastures on FS lands.Management would focus on time, timing, frequency, and intensity of livestock grazing on about 143,000 ac.

Tibble Fork Communications

Installing an emergency phone at the Tibble Fork Parking Lot for public safety.

Tibble Fork Dam

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is proposing to fund rehabilitation of the Tibble Fork Dam in the American Fork Canyon of northern Utah County, Utah. It is located 10 miles north east of the city of Alpine, UT.

Transwest Express 600 kV Direct Current Powerline (TWE)

This proposed 600 kV direct current transmission line is designed to carry renewable energy (primarily wind power) from generation sources in central Wyoming to markets in in the pacific southwest.

Uinta Highlands Reservoir

The Uinta Highlands Improvement District proposes to rebuild its culinary water reservoir #3. The reservoir is located on private land owned by the improvement district. Portions of the pipeline and access road are on NFS land.

Upper Provo Watershed Restoration Project.

The project proposes primarily non-commercial thinning, prescribed burning, mechanical vegetation treatments (mowing, mastication), and planting over a period of up to 10 years.

Welch Land Exchange

Exchange of land between private land owner and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Parcels of equal size will be exchanged to consolidate land ownership which will benefit both the Forest Service and the private land owner.

Wildlife and livestock pond development

The Forest Service proposes to develop four ponds that would benefit both wildlife and livestock. Two new ponds would be created, and a ditch and water bars along a closed logging road would be modified o catch water.

Analysis Completed

Bear River Project GeoExplore

State of Utah, Division of Water Resources proposes to drill 2 exploratory test holes with piezometer on Temple Fork Road to gather geotechnical information related to a potential dam site. Holes will be sealed after 1 year of data collection.

Grit Mill and Climbing Access Management Plan.

The Salt Lake Ranger district is proposing, as part of the Wasatch Water Legacy Partneship, to develop a climbing access manangement plan, including a trailhead, at the site of the Grit Mill in lower Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Rehabilitation of Silver Lake Flat Dam.

Silver Lake Flat Dam and Reservoir are located in the UWCNF (Pleasant Grove Ranger District) in northern Utah County, within the American Fork-Dry Creek Watershed.

Santaquin WUI

The USFS and the UDWR are proposing to improve undesirable fuel conditions within the Santaquin canyon area.

Smiths Fork Vegetation Restoration Project

The Forest Service proposes treatments to reduce both the amount and continuity of woody fuels, to remove hazard trees associated with travel ways, to harvest beetle-killed or infested trees, and to create a mix of tree ages and species.

On Hold

Bountiful Lions Gun Range permit renewal

The Bountiful Lions Gun Range is operated by the Bountiful Lions Club of Bountiful, and operates under a special use permit, originally issued in 1959, that will expire at the end of 2013. The Gun Club has submitted an application to renew the permit

Climbing Areas Stabilization projects

the SLRD is proposing to construct belay platforms that are anchored by barrier rock and/or gabion baskets and to improve the access trails that lead to two climbing areas in Big Cottonwood Canyon - Dogwood and the Pile.

Farmington City Water Storage Tank Special Use Permit

Farmington City is proposing to construct a water storage tank to include within their current special use permit

Patch Springs Fire Rehabilitation

In August 2013 the Patch Springs wildfire burned 31,010 acres on the Southwest Side of the Stansbury Mountain Range in Tooele County Utah.The State DWR proposes to treat approx. 2,100 acres of NFS land by aerially seeding and chaining.

Silver Lake Boardwalk replacement

Proposal to replace the boardwalk, located in BCC. All existing boardwalk, bridges, and fishing piers will be replaced in current location and the boardwalk will be widened from 6 to 8%u2019 to better accommodate visitors with disabilities

White Rock, Millville, and Providence Allotments

Proposal is to authorize the continuance of grazing on the White Rock, Millville, and Providence Allotments.

Cancelled

Snowbird MDP 2014 projects

Snowbird is proposing to construct downhill mountain bike trail segments accessible in Gad Valley

Uinta Express Pipeline Project

The proposed action includes a 12-inch buried carbon steel pipeline approximately 135 miles long and ancillary facilities. Approximately 14 miles of the pipeline would be on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Project Archive

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