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Ashley LogoAshley National Forest is located in northeastern Utah and Wyoming.

It encompasses 1,384,132 National Forest acres (1,287,909 in Utah and 96,223 in Wyoming). Of the total acres, 276,175 are High Uintas Wilderness (180,530 additional acres of High Uintas Wilderness is located on the Wasatch / Cache National Forest).

Elevations on the Ashley National Forest range from 6,000 feet to over 13,500 feet.

 


The Ashley National Forest asks the public to please recreate responsibly. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates.


Fire Restrictions for Ashley National Forest in Effect June 18

Vernal, Utah, June 16, 2021— Fire restrictions on the Ashley National Forest will be in effect starting Friday, June 18. 

Current and forecasted weather, coupled with extremely dry conditions have created substantial hazardous fire potential.  These conditions are anticipated to continue into the foreseeable future as drought conditions persist. 

Restrictions for the Forest include prohibition of:

  1. Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes outside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service within a designated area

EXCEPT:   Fires are allowed in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed Forest Service campgrounds, picnic areas, and recreation sites.  Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices that meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety are allowed.

  1. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.

  2. Operating an internal combustion engine without a properly installed USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device, a five-pound fire extinguisher, and a shovel.

  3. Cutting, grinding, or welding metal in areas of vegetation.

The restrictions are in cooperation with state, county, and other federal agencies which also have fire restrictions due to the high fire danger. 

For more information on the restrictions, visitors are encouraged to contact their local District Ranger office, or at 435-789-1181.


News Release: 

Northern Utah Resource Advisory Committee

News Release:  Northern Utah Resource Advisory Committee Accepting Proposals for Forest Projects

Do you have an idea for a project on or adjacent to the Ashley or Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests that would benefit the Forest?  If you do, the Picture of cattle guard ATV ramp on the McAfee Basin RerouteNorthern Utah Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) would like to hear your idea.

The Northern Utah RAC encourages individuals, non-profit organizations, local governments, and others to propose projects that enhance, improve, and restore areas within the National Forest. The proposed projects need not be implemented on Forest Service lands but must be adjacent to and benefit National Forest resources.

Project funding is made available under the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.  Title II projects fund work such as restoring watersheds, removing invasive weeds, enhancing recreation sites, maintaining roads and trails, or otherwise improve the condition of the Forests. 

Click here for more information about the Northern Utah RAC and process for submitting proposals.

You may also contact Don Jaques, RAC coordinator at 435-781-5119 or donald.jaques@usda.gov for additional details and to obtain a project proposal form.

Applications are due August 9, 2021.

 


Timber Sales Upcoming, Available and Past

The Ashley National Forest offers timber sales that are available for bidding and purchase.  Click on the link above to view current, previous, and future sales.

 

The Roosevelt/Duchesne Ranger District proposes to demolish the Indian Canyon Ranger Station and to sell the Stockmore Ranger Station.

 

Forest Plan Revision Webinar December 17, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m.

As part of the Forest Plan Revision process, an informational webinar will be hosted by the Ashley National Forest on Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 PM. This webinar will present the outcome from the wilderness evaluation process as well as the range of alternatives to be analyzed for the development of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

To watch a recording of this meeting click HERE.

 

Ashley Karst National Recreation and Geologic Area

What is the Ashley Karst National Recreation Geologic Area (NRGA)?

Photo of Ashley Gorge on the Ashley National ForestThe Ashley Karst NRGA received this special designation by Congress in March of 2019. The designation is part of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act.  The purposes of the designation are to, “conserve and protect the watershed, geological, recreational, wildlife, scenic, natural, cultural, and historic resources” that are located within the NRGA. 

The Ashley National Forest is preparing to develop a management plan for the Congressionally designated Ashley Karst National Recreation and Geologic Area.

A public meeting was held virtually on December 8 with presenters from the National Forest and Uintah County. Items discussed during the meeting include:

  • What was the purpose of the designation?
  • What does the designation include?
  • What are some of the unique features of the Ashley Karst NRGA?
  • How can you assist in the development of a management plan?
  • A brief period of questions and responses.

To view a recorded version of the presentation, please the Ashley National Forest Facebook page.  Alternatively, the meeting was also broadcast by Channel V6 and the recorded video can be viewed on their webpage by clicking here.   

The Ashley National Forest is currently seeking comments to assist in the development of the management plan  

  • Email comments to the Ashley National Forest at comments-intermtn-ashley@usda.gov
  • Uintah County Utah is also interested in your comments and has sponsored a survey that can be filled out by clicking HERE. 

To be of most use, comments should be received by January 8, 2020.

Click on the following links to learn more:


Fire Restrictions Lifted on the Ashley National Forest                       on October 28, 2020

Effective on October 31st the closure area for the East Fork Fire has been modified to open areas to the public.

Key areas open with this order are the Blind Stream Road, Rock Creek Road, the Pigeon Water and Bear Wallow areas and that area west of the Yellowstone Canyon Road to the Hells Canyon road.

Petty Mountain, Hells Canyon, Center Creek Park, Lake Mountain and Fish Creek Drainage will remain closed at this time, as well as the High Uintas Wilderness Area.

For those entering these areas please be aware of the dangers presented by falling rocks and trees where fire has moved through the area.  Rocks and trees can dislodge and fall without notice in these areas.

The closure area has been moved to the boundary of the High Uintas Wilderness area in some locations. Please refer to the map below for information on the closure boundaries.

East Fork Fire Closure Map Effecive October 31, 2020

 

 

 


Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Records of Decision for Greater Sage-grouse Conservation

Male Sage-Grouse Struting

Forest Service Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Records of Decision for Greater Sage-grouse Conservation

The Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Regions of the Forests Service incorporated standards and guidelines for the conservation of greater sage-grouse into forest plans in 2015.  After two years of implementation and monitoring, the Forest Service identified new information that could be used to improve the clarity, efficiency, and implementation of the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendments, in order to benefit greater sage-grouse conservation at the landscape scale.  During the development of a draft Environmental Impact Statement, comments were requested from the public and were used to create proposed revisions to greater sage-grouse plans for forests in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.  Most of the content of 2015 plans remained, but changes were proposed that incorporated new information and attempted to improve the efficiency of plan implementation.  The Final Environmental Impact Statement can be found here, and draft Records of Decision can be found at the links for ColoradoIdaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The publication of the final Environmental Impact Statement on August 2nd, 2019 begins a 60-day objection period that cannot be extended.  After the objection period, which is described in the Records of Decision and in the Federal Register,  the Forest Service will attempt to resolve any remaining concerns before creating final Records of Decision.  Members of the public may examine interactive maps of habitat management areas using a web tool.

New project updates for the Duchesne Roosevelt Ranger District May 2019

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Ashley National Forest Plan Revision

1. Wild and Scenic Rivers

2.  Wilderness

 


Places you must see on the Ashley National Forest

 

 

 

High Uintas Wilderness Area

 

 

 


Visitor Information - Some quick highlights . . .

Travel stories audio tour of the FLAMING GORGE - UINTAS SCENIC BYWAY  (download the Travelstorys app from Google Play or the Apple Store and download the Flaming Gorge tour for the next time you travel from Vernal to Manila.  Visit  https://www.travelstorys.com/explore-tours/   to review some of their tours.

Interactive Visitor Use Map 

The interactive travel map shows the National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and areas on National Forest System lands that are designated for motor vehicle use.  The map is searchable by vehicle class, time of year, route number, and travel mode.  You can zoom into an area on a national forest or grassland, see the roads and trails in that area, and find out which ones are open to motor vehicles, and when.  You can see rivers, lakes, mountain peaks, campgrounds, and topographic lines.  Land ownership is shown by color.  You can also print a map of the area you wish to visit.

Ashley National Forest Visitor's Guide 


Job Vacancies

Seasonal Positions in Range, Wildlife, Fisheries, Recreation and others for Summer 2021 Applications Open on October 30, 2020

 

 

 

Features

Winter Travel Maps

Winter Travel Maps are available


Winter Activities on the Forest

Winter Activities on the Forest


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Spotlights

Motorized Vehicle Use Maps

Motorized Vehicle Use Maps for the Ashley National Forest




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