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Support Wild and Scenic Rivers in Utah

Posted: 02/05/2008
by Kevin Colburn

 

The US Forest Service is conducting a statewide suitability study to determine which of the outstanding rivers in Utah’s National Forests should be protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The Forest Service released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the suitability study on November 29, 2007.  In this Draft, the Forest Service is recommending that 24 of the 86 rivers that have been identified as eligible for designation should be formally recommended for Wild and Scenic designation.  

 

About half of the 24 rivers the Forest Service recommended are among Utah’s most beloved rivers.  Despite having a huge amount of public support the Forest Service’s recommendation fails to include another handful of Utah’s classics.  The rivers that were left out include the Logan River and all its tributaries, Fish and Gooseberry Creek, the headwaters of the Bear River, Dark Canyon, and the Provo River.

 

Take Action by February 15th!

 

We recommend that paddlers submit comments on this issue that:

 

1. Support the USFS for declaring the 24 rivers as suitable for Wild and Scenic designation.

2. Recommend that additional eligible river segments be declared suitable.

3. Share stories and personal experiences with any of the rivers being considered.  Agencies are not always aware of recreational, ecological, scenic, historical, or geological values of certain stream reaches.  Telling the agencies about the reasons you value specific rivers will help them define and protect those values as "Outstanding Remarkable Values" under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. 

4. Recommend the Logan River for designation as well as the others already recommended. 

 

To submit comments:

 

By mail:                                                                      

Utah NF Wild and ScenicRiver DEIS
PO Box 162969                                                                     
Sacramento, CA 95816-2969                                    

or electronically via email:                                                   

utahnfwsdeis@fscomments.org

 

For more information check out the table below of the rivers the USFS has recommended as suitable for Wild and Scenic Designation. You may also wish to visit the Utah Rivers Council website at http://www.utahrivers.org/, or the USFS page regarding this process at: www.fs.fed.us/r4/rivers/comment.shtml , which contains the DEIS.

 


 

 

Rivers Proposed as Suitable for Wild and Scenic Designation

River Segment

Miles

Classification

Ashley National Forest

 

 

Black Canyon

10

Wild

Green River

13

Scenic

Lower Main Sheep Creek

4

Recreational

Middle Main Sheep Creek

5

Recreational

Reader Creek

6

Scenic

Upper Uinta River, including Gilbert Creek, Center Fork, and Painter Draw

40

Wild

Dixie National Forest

 

 

Death Hollow Creek

10

Wild

Mamie Creek

2

Wild

Moody Wash

5

Wild

North Fork Virgin River

1

Scenic

Pine Creek

8

Wild

Fishlake National Forest

 

 

Fish Creek

15

Wild and Recreational

Steep Creek

4

Wild

The Gulch

2

Recreational

Manti – La Sal National Forest

 

 

Hammond Canyon

10

Scenic

Roc Creek

9

Wild

Uinta National Forest

 

 

Fifth Water Creek

8

Scenic

Little Provo Deer Creek

3

Recreational

Wasatch – Cache National Forest

 

 

East Fork Smith’s Fork

8

Wild

Henry’s Fork

8

Wild

Middle Fork Beaver Creek

11

Wild and Scenic

West Fork Beaver Creek

10

Wild and Scenic

West Fork Blacks Fork

12

Wild and Scenic

Willard Creek

4

Scenic

TOTAL

212