Winter Logging to Begin in East End of Midway Valley

Release Date: Jan 26, 2011

Contact(s): Kenton Call: 435-865-3700

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Winter logging will impact some snowmobiling and cross country skiing areas on the east end of Midway Valley along Highway 14 starting Friday, January 28, 2011.

Safety signing will be placed on Highway 14 warning vehicles of possible logging activities and trucks entering the highway. Snow fencing will also be placed along the upper banks of the new snow road to warn snowmobilers and cross country skiers of the activities.

“Snowmobilers and cross country skiers need to be aware and use caution when near the logging project area,” said Veronica Magnuson, Cedar City District Ranger

The Midway Face Timber Sale is part of the Midway Face Scenic Enhancement Project. The project includes logging by tractor and helicopter to remove standing dead spruce. The contract was issued on September 23, 2008, and will expire on October 31, 2012.

A snow road will be built on the east end of Midway Valley, south of Highway 14 for the tractor logging to begin removing standing dead spruce. The snow road will be approximately 300 feet in length and approximately 20 feet wide.

“The logging will help to keep forest visitors safer in the future through removing dead standing trees,” Magnuson said.

The project may be shut down for short periods of time due to seasonal snow storms. Logging will continue until spring breaks up the snow in April or early May. Logging will be shut down at that time and resume during the summer when dry conditions return to the area.