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HUPC Alert; November, 1999

GOOD HUPC MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,

Your WILD VOICE is needed, again! These are important workshops, meetings and comments. A WILD UINTAS depends upon WILD VOICES!

*1-Remember the Wasatch-Cache National Forest is holding a series of workshops dealing with issues and creation of alternatives for the ongoing forest plan revision (see THE LYNX, 10/99 and HUPC Alert 10/99):

5:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M. 11/16 & 11/18 11/30 & 12/2 Ogden Mt. View, WY Ogden High School School Board Room 2828 Harrison Blvd. 129 2nd St.

The fist 30 minutes of each workshop will update the planning process and issues raised so far. The rest of the time will be spent in small groups with a facilitator developing alternatives to the Forest Service proposed action. You do not need to attend both meetings, each evening will be self contained. Bring your copy of the Forest Service proposed action (if you still haven't got one you can get it from the Wasatch--524-3900). +Of most importance bring your copy of the October 1999 HUPC LYNX which highlights an ecological/preservation based alternative for the Uintas. Protection of roadless areas as wilderness is the premise for this alternative along with removing gazing from these roadless areas and the native species and allowing ecological processes to operate! Hopefully, a few hardy souls will join us in Mt. View on 11/16!!! THANKS SO MUCH.

*2-Your WILD VOICE is needed for comments on the Forest Service Roadless Policy. Written comments needed by December 20. A public hearing will be held in SLC on November 17! As you all know President Clinton set in motion an initiative to protect the remaining Forest Service roadless areas. The Forest Service has set in motion the process to implement President Clinton's directive. The Forest Service is considering a range of protection options. The weakest will protect 40 million acres of inventoried roadless areas 5,000 acres or larger from road building excluding Alaskas's Tongass National Forest. At both a local and national level an historic opportunity stares us in the face. The 11/17 hearings in SLC will be held in the Salt Palace from 6 P.M.-7:30 & 7:30-9:00 P.M. Written comments are due December 20 and sent to: USDA Forest Service-CAET Attn.: Roadless Areas NOI PO Box 221090 Salt Lake City, UT 84122 e-mail: roadless/wo_caet-slc@fs.fed.us

This first scoping step on the Notice of Intent (NOI) is crucial as it sets up the public concerns that will guide the preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be released in the spring of 2000! We will prepare a detailed alert for our HUPC December LYNX. But for now:

*1-Go to the hearings and speak up for the preservation of roadless areas not just from logging, but all activities that put motors inside these areas--mining, oil and gas leasing, all terrain vehicles, concluding snowmobiles!

*2-Talk about the Lakes Roadless Area, over 120,000 acres in size and the High Uintas Roadless Area, over 200,000 acres of the epitome of wild country on the Wasatch and Ashley National Forests surrounding and contiguous with the High Uintas Wilderness Area. These are the largest roadless areas in Utah, as wild as any in the Intermountain Region of the Forest Service.

*3-Urge the FS to protect all roadless landscapes of 1,000 acres or more on all forests in the National Forest System. This will set in motion the process of protecting a bank of roadless essential to providing the framework for an ecological view of our national Forests.

Thank you all so much. See you somewhere on the 16th, 17th or 18th!! Busy, indeed, but of obvious importance...


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