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2020 CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING INFORMATION

USDA Forest Service Invites Public Feedback on Proposed List of Deferred Maintenance Projects for Fiscal Year 2022
The USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects selected for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022. 
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r4/home/?cid=fseprd796811&width=full

On September 24, 2020 the Forest Service issued a news release out of the Washington Office with notification of a public comment period on proposed updates to the directive that clarifies how e-bikes are managed on national forests. The news release may be viewed with through the following link.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/releases/usda-forest-service-issues-proposed-guidance-manage-e-bike-use-national-forests-and

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest remains open, however recreation services at some of our facilities may be changed, suspended or offered through alternate approaches, as we manage for the health and safety of our work force and the public.

  • Please be aware that some facilities, including restrooms, may be closed or cleaned and stocked on a reduced scheduled. 
  • Visitors should practice “Pack-in, Pack-it-out” when recreating on the Forest.
  • Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including social distancing. For tips from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  •  For information about other recreation areas visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/recreation/  

The Salt Lake, Heber and Mt. View Ranger District offices are closed to public entry. You can call the Salt Lake Ranger District office 801-733-3660, Heber Ranger District office 435-654-0470 and the Mt. View Ranger District office 307-782-6555 for assistance.

Common Questions asked about campground reservations/first-some first-serve and list of campgrounds under Utah Recreation Company

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache 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.

The Fifth Water Hot Springs area (Diamond Fork Hot Springs) located on the Spanish Fork Ranger District has been closed for public health and safety and the closure will be in effect until further notice.

Attention Volunteers! 

Volunteer projects, activities, and events scheduled for May including Earth Day Events have been cancelled.  The forests will continue to follow the most current guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, and local health and safety guidelines. The health and safety of employees, volunteers and partners continues to be our main priority.

What's Happening?

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Forest Service and USDA Social Media Sites

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Current Campground/Picnic Area, Trail and Road Condition Updates

Please keep a clean campsite Be Bear Aware

Dispersed camping 14 day stay limit

Salt Lake Ranger District - (801) 733-2660

  • The Salt Lake Ranger District office is closed to public entry, please call 801-733-2660 for assistance.​
  • The following roads as of 11/02, as per their yearly legal closure date.  Davis County: Farmington Canyon (FR 007) (gate at the bottom), Now open to Over Snow Vehicles until April 30, Upper Ward Canyon (FR 177) (gate at Buckland Flats, halfway up), Now open to Over Snow Vehicles until April 30, Skyline Drive (FR 008), Now open to Over Snow Vehicles until April 30, Sessions Mountain Road (FR 815), Now open to Over Snow Vehicles until April 30
    Tooele County: Upper South Willow Canyon (FR 171) (Gate at Boy Scout CG), Now open to Over Snow Vehicles until
    April 1. Salt Lake County: Lambs Canyon (FR 011), Cardiff Fork Road (FR 019). Please note, these areas are not closed to the public, just their wheeled vehicles!  People are still welcome to come hike, snowshoe, ski, and snowmobile safely on many of these roads. This is our normal reoccurring legal closure date for snow and winter conditions.  Roads are closed for the winter every year because they are not plowed, and driving conditions become unsafe.  
  • UDOT Construction update Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons
  • The Silver Lake Visitor Center will not be open for the 2020 summer operational season in an effort to minimize potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus and to prioritize the health and safety of visitors and staff.
  • The Silver Lake boardwalk trail, fishing and hiking access will remain open to the public with the advisement that they maintain recommended social distancing.
  • The external restrooms will remain open to the public and be cleaned as regularly as possible.
  • Campground/Picnic Areas/Road/Trails Update
  • Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
  • Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders


Pleasant Grove Ranger District - (801) 785-3563 

  • UDOT has closed the Alpine Loop 
  • the Mineral Basin road is closed from just above Tibble Fork reservoir going north and east to the Forest boundary (Snake Creek area) and the Silver Lake Flat road is closed starting at the intersection with Forest Service road #010 going north to the end of the of the road. The purpose of the Order is to provide for public health and safety due to snow, ice and slick conditions, the closure shall remain in effect until November 30, 2020 when the seasonal closures goes into effect as shown on the Pleasant Grove Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM)
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/uwcnf/maps-pubs
  • The American Fork Information/fee booth was decommissioned May 12th. It will be reconstructed and back in place by August/Sept 2020. The Aspen Grove information/fee booth is operational. We will start selling ALL day use and annual passes in the Offices when allowed.
  • The U.S. Forest Service is working with UDOT & the National Parks Service to resurface S.R. 92 from 5500 West in Highland to the Pine Hollow Trailhead, and S.R. 144 from S.R. 92 to Tibble Fork Reservoir.  Road side parking in the canyon will be prohibited. As part of this work, the Pine Hollow Trailhead and Tibble Fork Reservoir will close temporarily. For more information on construction progress, location and temporary closure information, sign up for project updates by emailing afcanyon@utah.gov
  • Due to increased congestion, heavy use, and limited restroom facilities at Tibble Fork reservoir, parking is limited to designated stalls.
  • American Fork Canyon Flyer
  • To purchase your day use pass before you leave home go to: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74405 or from your mobile device:  yourpassnow.com search Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  Self-service pay stations are also available throughout the canyon, online passes are the preferred. Be sure to have your pass on display while parked at any recreation sites. We honor all America the Beautiful Federal Lands and Mirror Lake Hwy passes. We are still operational under modified safety protocols and appreciate your support.
  • Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update
  • Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders

Heber-Kamas Ranger District -(435) 654-0470 or(435)783-4338

Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District - The Evanston office is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Ogden Ranger District - (801) 625-5112

Logan Ranger District - (435) 755-3620

  • A landslide was discovered in mid-May in the upper portion of Millville Canyon. The slide significantly damaged the road, leaving the remaining road surface unstable and unsafe for vehicle traffic. The road has been evaluated by forest engineers, and is able to be repaired. The cost to repair the road is significant, and repairs will likely be scheduled in 2021. The road will remain closed to vehicle traffic until it is repaired and safe for public use.
  • ​A portion of the Riverside Nature Trail is closed for health and safety concerns.  A rockfall has damaged the board walk and trail. With concerns about continued rocks falling we are asking the public to stay out of the area until the issue can be mitigated and repairs can be made. The portion of the trail that is closed is between the Guinavah-Malibu campground and Spring Hollow campground.
  • Winter timber harvest and hauling activities have been completed for this season on the Red Ryder Timber Sale (Temple Canyon & Log Cabin Ridge area of Rich County). Timber harvest and hauling operations will resume in this area again in late spring once the roads have dried out, and continue through next fall. 
  • Volunteer Opportunities on the Logan Ranger District
  • Campground/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Update
  • Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders   

Spanish Fork Ranger District- (801) 798-3571

  • The Nebo Loop road is now closed on the north side at the ski lot (above the Grotto trailhead) and at Devil's Kitchen on the southside. From right fork of Hobble Creek to Unicorn Ridge, Balsam, Three Forks and Unicorn Ridge.
  • The Fifth Water Hot Springs area located on the Spanish Fork Ranger District has been closed for public health and safety and the closure will be in effect until further notice. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19
  • Closures from Santaquin Meadows down to Tinney Flat is still in place, closure for Santaquin road in place, closure for Blackhawk area in place, closure for Black Canyon, Sawmill/Nebo Creek, Beaver Dam, East Bennie Creek, Deer Hollow, Calkens Hollow, and White Pine Hollow is still in place.
  • The lower portion of Santaquin Canyon road is closed to all motorized vehicles starting at the gate at the Forest boundary to Trumbolt picnic site. The closure is in place to provide for public health and safety due to flooding that has undercut the lower portion of the Santaquin Canyon road.The road is unsafe and could collapse under vehicle weight, and while heavy equipment and crews are working in the area to repair the road damage.
  • The upper Santaquin Canyon road is closed above Trumbolt day-use site east approximately 1 ½ miles to Tinney Flat campground.  All pedestrian, equestrian, bicycle, and any type of motorized vehicles will be prohibited, due to the extreme safety hazards in the area.. 
  • The Sheep Creek/Rays Valley road is open over to Unicorn Ridge. Indian Springs open.  But visitors need to be remember that the road will be closed for the rest of this season and next when construction of the Strawberry connector project starts. Strawberry Sheep Creek Connector Information Flyer
  • Campgrounds/Picnic Areas/Roads/Trails Updates
  • Closures/Restrictions/Special Orders


USDA Equal Opportunity Public Notification Policy 

2020 Intermountain Region Volunteer Opportunities

2020 Seasonal Employment Outreach
2020 Intermountain Region Fire Hire
Outreach Job Announcements 

Facilitated Learning Analysis Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires
Bald Mountain and Pole Creek Fires Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Information

Personal Use Firewood Cutting 

Salt Lake County Wasatch Canyons General Plan Updates
For further information visit
https://slco.org/planning-transportation/wasatch-canyons-general-plan-update/

 

Fire, Prescribed fire and Wildfire and Prevention Information

Current Wildfires: 

Forest Issues

Features

Surveying Pika Populations Above Brighton

The American pika is a low-profile mammal that lives at high altitudes. Related to rabbits and hares, these small, big-eyed creatures spend much of the summer preparing for a harsh winter high above the timberline. Starting in mid-September, a DWR biologist will visit an established pika area above Brighton ski resort to check on population growth.

Spotlights

Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation – Kids Educational Activity

Paul Whisman, Natural History Museum of Utah and tribal youth.

Logan Ranger District and Stokes Nature Center hosted a collaborative education effort for tribal youth between Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation and Utah Natural History Museum


Highlights

Willard Peak Wildflowers

Forest Photo Gallery

 



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