Forest Service Seeking Comment on Navajo Basin Project

Release Date: Aug 4, 2011

Contact(s): Kenton Call: 435-865-3730, Patrick Moore: 435-865-3221

CEDAR CITY, UTAH – The Dixie National Forest has proposed a project to restore spruce forest, improve aspen health, and improve the scenic and recreation experience in the Navajo Basin area on the Cedar City Ranger District. The forest is seeking public comment on the proposal.

“This project will restore healthy forest conditions and scenic integrity to a popularly used area on the Dixie National Forest,” said Rob MacWhorter, Dixie National Forest Supervisor. “Through various treatments we hope to provide for a world-class recreation experience in this area.”

This project will restore spruce forests by salvaging dead and dying trees mainly south of the lake. Salvaging the dead and dying trees will assist in a natural progression from a landscape dominated by dead trees to a landscape of live green vegetation, principally aspen, Engelmann spruce, and Douglas-fir. The proposed action includes work in unhealthy aspen stands to promote the regeneration of new aspen shoots. Finally, the project proposes to establish Defensible Fire Space around the recreation residences southwest of the lake.

The vegetation work is intended to improve the scenic and recreation experience in the area. Dead trees in recreation sites and along high use trails will be removed. A new, additional trailhead and parking on the east side of the lake will improve recreation convenience.

The forest is currently analyzing the proposed project and hopes to release a decision by September 30, 2011. The public is invited to comment on the project during a 30 day comment period from July 25 until Aug 24. Comments should be submitted to the Responsible Official: Robert MacWhorter, Forest Supervisor, Dixie National Forest, Attn: Veronica Magnuson, 1789 N. Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, Utah 84721. Comments can be mailed or hand delivered between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Electronic comments can be submitted (rich text format .rtf or Word .doc) to

If the forest decides to approve the proposed action, then implementation would not likely occur until at least 2013. During implementation, there could be some short-term inconveniences to visitors in the area as workers implement the project.

For more information, contact Patrick Moore at (435) 865-3221.