US Forest Service

Summit County

Some members of the Summit County Council Wednesday were apprehensive, when they were asked to support an effort, from the Governor’s office, petitioning the U.S. Forest Service to allow a policy, tailored for Utah, to more actively manage the forests.

While the changed policy would ostensibly reduce fire hazards by clearing out deadwood, Council member Roger Armstrong said he’s concerned that it might be “another plank” as he said, in the state’s attempt to take control of federal land.

Although the U.S. Forest Service has approved a master development plan for the Alta ski resort, the environmental group Save Our Canyons says it still opposes a tram on Mount Baldy and helicopter landings in wilderness areas. Rick Brough has the story:

An opportunity to provide comment on a proposal to capture and collar mountain goats in three wilderness areas on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is now available to the public.

The 30-day comment period started Wednesday and will run through June 23rd.  The proposal, submitted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to the Forest Service, includes landing helicopters in the Twin Peaks, Lone Peak and Mount Timpanogos wilderness areas to capture and collar the animals, allowing DWR personnel to take biological samples and track goat movement.

The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Forest Service on the proposed Tesoro pipeline is this Monday, March 17th.  Given that, the  Summit County Council Wednesday reviewed their concerns and comments, and directed their staff to pass those on to the Feds.

Originally aired July 29, 2013.  

A Summit County rancher is seeking compensation for a US Forest service controlled burn went awry and torched his grazing lands. Lynn Ware Peek has more.