Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact State is available for Public Comment
On Friday, November 1, 2013, the Ashley, Manti-La Sal, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache, Fishlake, Dixie National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period. The draft would potentially amend six Forest Service and 14 BLM land use plans.
The draft considers five possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands in Utah. The alternatives apply to federal lands and minerals only, not to private lands. Alternative D is the preferred alternative. Identification of this preferred alternative does not represent the final decision of either agency. The final alternative selected may include a mix of objectives and actions from any of the alternatives analyzed in the environmental impact statement.
Information on upcoming open houses as well as the Draft Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review and comment on the BLM-Utah’s web site. Additional information is available on the BLM Sage-Grouse web site.
The Mill Creek ski trail was groomed and track set December 13, 2013
The gate has been opened at Tibble Fork for snowmobilers.
2013 Christmas Tree Cutting on National Forests Info
The gate on the Mirror Lake Highway on the Evanston side is closed. The gate on the North Slope road is closed and Christmas tree hunters will need a snowmobile because that first two miles of the Forest is a no cut zone.
Fire Management Positions
The Logan Ranger District: Has now closed lowest elevation gates, Left Hand Fork of Blacksmiths Fork (FR 245 & 231), Card Canyon (FR 024), Green Canyon (FR 050) – lower gate, High Creek Canyon (FR 048) Other roads closed on 11/1 and 11/15, Cowley Canyon / Herd Hollow (FR 047), Temple Fork / Pole Line (FR 007), Dip Hollow (FR 056) Twin Creeks (FR 005), West Hodges / Forestry Camp (FR 174), Green Canyon (FR 050), High Creek Canyon (FR 048), Left Hand Fork 4x4 (FR 231) gate between Rock garden & dugway.
The Spanish Fork Ranger District The Diamond Fork canyon road is closed at the Turkey Pens. This is the lower gate that will be closed all winter. The impact will be on those that wish to visit the hot pots, they will now have to hike into the trailhead from the gate, which is about 5 miles one way. The following roads are now closed: Pole Heaven, Santaquin Canyon, Nebo Loop from the Santaquin junction to Devil’s Kitchen, Timber Mountain, the Left Fork of Hobble Creek, Monks, Nebo Creek, Wanrhodes, and Little Diamond.
Pleasant Grove Ranger District:The road to Mineral Basin (FS RD 085) and the road to Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is now closed and there is not enough snow to snowmobile yet. Other Road Closures
Spanish Fork Ranger District the following roads are closed Santaquin Canyon, Nebo Loop is closed at Maple Lake campground on the Payson Canyon side and Salt Creek on the Nephi Canyon side, Pole Canyon,Diamond Fork is closed at Three Forks (you can still get into the parking lot, the gate is just beyond that), Sheep Creek is closed at Teat Mtn., Billy’s Mountain, Right and Left Fork Hobble Creek, Pole Heaven
Utah Department of Transporation Road Project
Salt Lake Ranger District - (801) 733-2660
Campground/Picnic Areas/Road/Trails Update Updated November 1, 2013
Pleasant Grove Ranger District - (801) 785-3563
Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update Updated November 1, 2013
Heber-Kamas Ranger District - (435) 654-0470 or (435) 783-4338
Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update Updated September 23, 2013
Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District - (307) 789-3194 or (307) 782-6555
Evanston Recreation Update Updated September 10, 2013
Mt.View Recreation Update Updated September 27, 2013
Ogden Ranger District- (801) 625-5112
Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update Updated October 18, 2013
Logan Ranger District - (435) 755-3620
Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update Updated December 2, 2013
Spanish Fork Ranger District - (801) 798-3571
Campgrounds/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Updates Updated September 23, 2013