US Forest Services completes Acquisition of Private Land on the North Slope of the Uintas on the Evanston/Mt. View Ranger Districts

Contact(s): Kathy Jo Pollock (801) 558-8016

Contact: Kathy Jo Pollock 801-558-8016

Salt Lake City, Utah, May 1, 2012 – The U.S. Forest Service today announced its final acquisition of 11,591 acres of private land within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests.  The land was acquired from Anadarko Land Corp., a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, which also provided a $15,000 donation to the U.S. Forest Service for use toward improved visitor facilities.  Located in the High Uinta Mountain Range in northeastern Utah, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests contain extensive wildlife habitat and recreation lands.

“The consolidation of land ownership will help ensure that future generations will enjoy the unique opportunities that National Forest System Lands provide,” said Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests, Acting Forest Supervisor, Cheryl Probert.  “The purchase will guarantee the land will remain intact not only for the recreating public, but also to protect crucial wildlife and fish habitat, and protect watersheds,” said Probert.

The most recent acquisition of 1,104 acres was the seventh and final phase of a multi-year project between the Forest Service and Anadarko.  Characterized by its checkerboard pattern, the land had originally been granted to Union Pacific Railroad, with ownership transferred to Anadarko after the company acquired Union Pacific Resources in 2000.

The acquisition was supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, which uses revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund the permanent protection of important lands, waters and recreational access for all Americans.


 Map Showing you the Private Land that the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has Acquired