Projects

Projects

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is involved in many different projects and planning efforts to ensure responsible management of the Forest. Projects are designed to move toward the desired conditions described in our 2003 Revised Forest Plan. Projects and activities designed for implementation under the revised Forest Plan will be subject to environmental analysis to assure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Examples of site-specific projects include reconstructing developed recreation campgrounds, prescribed burning in the wildland-urban interface, harvesting timber to improve habitat for wildlife, and issuance of special use permits.

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Alta Ski Area High Traverse Improvements

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is proposing to authorized Alta Ski Area to make improvements to the High Traverse at the ski area. Currently, the High Traverse quickly gets skied down to expose rocky areas which affects access and safety.

Alta Ski Area Micro-Hydro Electricity Production

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is proposing to authorize Alta Ski Area to use existing snowmaking infrastructure from Cecret Lake, and build a small building to generate power using water head-pressure as the lake overflows.

Alta Ski Area Supreme Yurt Installation

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is proposing to authorize Alta Ski Area to construct a seasonal food and beverage yurt adjacent to challenger ski run.

Under Analysis

Alta Master Development Plan Improvement Projects

Implementation of projects from Alta's Master Development Plan.

Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation

The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.

Bluff Spring Horse Corral

Reduce undesirable impacts to vegetation by: installing a horse corral near Bluff Spring; add a trail connecting Bluff Springs Road to Bluff Spring system trail; add trail connecting Bluff Springs Road (#20738) from the Bluff Springs Trail dead end.

Causey Emergency Use Boat Ramp

Construction of a boat ramp in the south arm of Causey Reservoir for emergency use. The county search and rescue perform several operations a year and a boat ramp would improve access to the reservoir and facilitate search and rescue operations.

Dewitt Springs Maintenance/Repairs

Logan City has proposed maintenance projects at their culinary water source, Dewitt Springs: 1)Replace an existing water drain line which has collapsed; 2) Repair bank erosion around Dewitt Springs security fence to allow for fence maintenance.

Diamond Fork Phosphate Project

Proposal to conduct phosphate mining activities on a lease area regulated by the BLM with concurrence from the USFS as the surface landowner.

Green Canyon and Providence Canyon Watershed Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Proposal to remove juniper in Green Canyon, Logan Dry Canyon and Providence Canyon. Juniper would be removed by hand cutting and the area seeded with browse species to improve the quality and quantity of forage for wildlife.

High Uintas Wilderness Domestic Sheep Analysis Project (Ashley and UWC National Forests)

This project will evaluate the effects of continued domestic sheep grazing in the High Uintas Wilderness (HUW). There are 10 sheep allotments located on the north and south slopes of HUW and are located in both the Ashley and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NFs.

Old Juniper Trail Reconstruction

Forest Service proposes to realign multiple sections of the Jardine Juniper Trail to make it sustainable and provide a safe trail for non-motorized recreation use. Sections are very eroded, unsustainable, and difficult for users to ascend/descend.

Patsey Marley Shrontz Utility Right-of-Way

Proposal to construct a utility right-of-way and widen the existing Albion Basin Road (National Forest System Route (NFSR) 028)to improve access to the proposed Patsey Marley Hill Property and Subdivision.

Silver Lake parking lot expansion and restroom relocation

Extend dirt parking area North into pre-disturbed meadow area.

Slate Canyon Knight Springs water development

Proposal from the Utah State Hospital to develop Knight Springs located up Slate Canyon by installing new water pipeline. The project would provide sufficient, high quality drinking water to the patients and residents of the hospital.

Wasatch-Cache National Forest - Forest Plan - Wilderness Opportunity Class Administrative Change

The UWC National Forest has begun the process of an administrative change to the Wasatch-Cache Forest Plan to correct the Wilderness Management Prescriptions in the Henrys Fork and Beaver Creek watersheds to reflect the historic and current uses.

West Fork Smiths Fork Colorado River Cutthroat Trout Enhancement

Treat the streams in the West Fork Smiths Fork drainage including some waters within the High Uintas Wilderness with piscicide (rotenone) to remove nonnative fish species and enhance habitat for native Colorado River cutthroat trout.

Wildlife and livestock pond development

The Forest Service proposes to develop four ponds that would benefit both wildlife and livestock. Two new ponds would be created, and a ditch and water bars along a closed logging road would be modified o catch water.

Analysis Completed

American Fork Culinary Water Pipeline Replacement Project

Proposal from American Fork City to authorize the rehabilitation of a spring collection system and the replacement of certain City-owned culinary water pipelines on Forest Service management lands in American Fork Canyon.

Arctic Breed Rescue 5-Year Permit

The Forest Service proposes to issue a 5-year permit to the Arctic Breed Rescue to host the K9 Challenge sled dog race.

Energy Gateway South 500 kV Powerline (EGS)

This proposed 500 kV transmission line is designed to deliver power to Rocky Mountain Power utility costumers in Utah and the intermountain west. Generation sources are located in central Wyoming.

Jefferson Hunt Campground Decommission

The Forest Service proposed to decommissioning the campground and remove improvements to restore the wetland areas to a more natural state thereby allowing waters to flow into natural channels and floodplains.

Nordic United - Special Use Permit for Swan Flat Area

The purpose of the action is to respond to a request from Nordic United to expand its winter Nordic skiing grooming activities to the Swan Flat area north of U.S. Hwy 89.

Nordic United 5 Year Permit

The Forest Service proposes to issue a 5-year permit to Nordic United to hold the Crowbar, which is an annual backcountry ski event.

Oakley Water Tank Trails

In partnership with Oakley City, UT and South Summit Trails Foundation, the USFS proposes to construct two sections of trail to create loop system trails that intersect with Oakley City trails. Trail length will be 0.1 miles for each trail.

Red Ryder Vegetation Management Project

Proposal includes a combination of commercial timber harvesting, pre-commercial thinning, and prescribed fire to treat approx. 13,263 acres. Access to the project area would involve use of temporary and existing roads.

Society for Creative Anachronism 5 Year Permit

Forest Service proposes to issue a 5-year special use permit to the Society for Creative Anachronism for the Harvest Festival, which incorporates activities related to pre-17th century Europe.

South Cache Allotment Fence

Reconstruct and/or realign the Herd Hollow-Seep Hollow pasture fence on the South Cache allotment as follows: 2 miles reconstructed in existing locations,  mile removed from unsuitable locations,  mile realigned to a more suitable location.

Three Creeks Grazing Allotment Consolidation

The proposal is to consolidate 10 grazing allotments (5 BLM and 5 FS) into 1 management unit with 20 pastures on BLM and 8 pastures on FS lands.Management would focus on time, timing, frequency, and intensity of livestock grazing on about 143,000 ac.

Transwest Express 600 kV Direct Current Powerline (TWE)

This proposed 600 kV direct current transmission line is designed to carry renewable energy (primarily wind power) from generation sources in central Wyoming to markets in in the pacific southwest

Travel Management Plan Amendment and Motor Vehicle Use Map Update

Proposal to amend the Travel Management Plan for roads in Farmington Cnyn and Lamb's Cnyn. Requires changes to the current MVUM by establishing summer use dates and winter seasonal closure dates for the two roads and adds Lamb's Cnyn road into NFS.

On Hold

American Fork River armoring project

The Pleasant Grove Ranger District proposes to armor the banks of the American Fork River to minimize the risks of erosion.

Cascade Springs Fish Habitat Improvement

Proposal to remove accumulated sediments from pool areas at Cascade Springs. Proposal is intended to increase available fish habitat complexity and boost carrying capacity of the springs. Sediment will be removed through use of a suction pump.

Dewitt/Bridger Streambank Repairs

Logan City proposes to repair the stream bank just above Bridger Campground in order to protect the pipeline. The bank has eroded and has nearly exposed the city culinary water line and created a hazard on the Forest Service River Trail.

Finch cabin roof redesign

Cabin owner proposal to re-design and re-construct a portion of the cabin's south roof to better support snow load and distribute snow load fall. Owner also proposes to re-shingle the entire roof with fire proof shingles.

Logan Peak Trail

A proponent has requested adding approx. 1.6mi of system trail from Logan Dry Canyon Trail to Logan Peak. Trail was likely constructed by CCC and previously a system trail that was removed. Approximately 50% of the trail would need repairs.

Malan Basin

The United States of America, Forest Service proposes to acquire approximately 1,482.38 acres. TR Guest Ranch LLC and Saving Our Foothill Property LLC are working with The Trust for Public Lands(third party facilitator) to sell land in Malan Basin.

Soapstone Trailhead Expansion

Proposal to expand parking at the Soapstone Trailhead to eliminate congestion and address safety issues.

Thinning Bear Timber Sale

The Forest Service is proposing to thin previously harvested stands that were clearcut as part of the Little Bear Timber Sale (1973). The entire project area is encompasses approximately 69 acres on National Forest System lands

Toilets and Water System Improvements

In partnership with Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, the following improvements to toilet and water systems are proposed on the Salt Lake Ranger District.

UDWR mountain goat and bighorn sheep capture and collar via helicopter in wilderness

Proposal by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to land helicopters in the Twin Peaks, Lone Peak, and Mount Timpanogos wilderness areas to capture and collar mountain goats.

Welch Land Exchange

Exchange of land between private land owner and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Parcels of equal size will be exchanged to consolidate land ownership which will benefit both the Forest Service and the private land owner.

Western Smiths Fork Restoration

Project will treat approximately 1,872 acres impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The project will move this area towards the desired future condition of a more healthy and resilient forest.

White Rock, Millville, and Providence Allotments

Proposal is to authorize the continuance of grazing on the White Rock, Millville, and Providence Allotments.

Whitney Reservoir Restoration

Recent mortality of spruce trees due to the spruce bark beetle has appeared along the eastern slope adjacent to Whitney Reservoir. Proposed action is to harvest spruce trees (less than 250 acres) in order to control the spread of insects

Cancelled

Albion Meadows Trail Reroute

Proposal to reroute the Albion Meadows trail from private property onto Forest Service lands. The rerouted section would be approximately 0.33 miles long and three feet wide. The old trail would be scarified and revegetated using native plants.

Cardiff Trail Pedestrian Bridge

Proposal to amend a previous decision regarding the Cardiff trail to include a pedestrian bridge to allow users to cross Big Cottonwood Creek. Proposed pedestrian bridge would be installed parallel to and upstream from the vehicle bridge.

Cascade Springs Picnic Table

Proposal to add an additional picnic tables at Cascade Springs picnic area. Tables will be placed along the first section of trail at the lower parking area, and at the upper parking lot to provide closer access to amenities.

Farmington City Water Storage Tank Special Use Permit

Farmington City is proposing to construct a water storage tank to include within their current special use permit

Fernwood/Snoqualmie Shaded Fuel Break

Re-treat shaded fuel break along Fire Break Road, on the east Layton bench.

Nephi/Payson Allotment Fence

Reconstruct approximately ¼ mile of fence between the Nephi and Payson Allotments. A portion of the fence will be relocated out of trees and snow areas to better maintain after reconstruction.

North and South Willow Fuels Treatment

Proposal to lop and scatter treatments on the Stansbury Mountains. This first phase will retreat old chaining treatments that were completed in the 1980%u2019s.

North Rich Allotment Fence

Construct a 4-wire let down fence approximately 1 mile long.

Patch Springs Fire Rehabilitation

In August 2013 the Patch Springs wildfire burned 31,010 acres on the Southwest Side of the Stansbury Mountain Range in Tooele County Utah.The State DWR proposes to treat approx. 2,100 acres of NFS land by aerially seeding and chaining.

Precipitation Study USU

Utah State University is requesting to conduct research aimed at better understanding the vegetative response to climate change. The proposal involves installation of twelve (12m x12m) "precipitation manipulation shelters" at forest edge sites.

Providence Canyon Watershed Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Forest Service proposal to treat juniper in Providence Cyn and Logan Dry Cyn (approx. 36 acres and 34 acres, respectively)in order to improve watershed condition and wildlife habitat. Juniper would be cut, then either removed or lopped and scattered.

Snowbasin GAZEX proposal

Snowbasin Ski Resort proposes to install two GAZEX exploders and an accompanying shelter in the Strawberry area that would improve avalanche control. The proposed site is within the current permit boundary. Work would be done by hand and helicopter.

Snowbird Zip Line Project

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is proposing to authorize the construction and operation of a zip line at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

Uinta Express Pipeline Project

The proposed action includes a 12-inch buried carbon steel pipeline approximately 135 miles long and ancillary facilities. Approximately 14 miles of the pipeline would be on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Uinta Highlands Reservoir

The Uinta Highlands Improvement District proposes to rebuild its culinary water reservoir #3. The reservoir is located on private land owned by the improvement district. Portions of the pipeline and access road are on NFS land.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache N.F. Forest Plan Monitoring Realignment

The UWCNF has begun a process to realign its forest plans with the 2012 Final Planning Rule (see: 36 Code of Federal Regulations 219). In particular, the UWCNF will address the purpose of the monitoring plan program set forth in 36 CFR 219.12(a)(1).

Willard Peak Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project

The State of Utah's Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining proposes to reclaim/close entrances to abandoned mines which pose safety hazards to the public.

Project Archive

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