HIGH UINTAS PRESERVATION COUNCIL ALERT, 8/2000 SNOWMOBILE OUTFITTER GUIDE PERMIT PROJECT
The Kamas and Evanston Ranger Districts are proposing to allow a permit for 800 service-days of outfitter/guide snowmobiling on the Mirror Lake Highway, around and on Mirror Lake and off-road in the Whitney Reservoir. Even though these areas are currently open to snowmobiles, the outfitter guide permit will impact the environment and other users.
YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS PERMIT SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO JANE COTTRELL, DISTRICT RANGER, P.O. BOX 68, KAMAS, UTAH 84036 OR EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org. DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS SEPTEMBER 3!
The EA for this project is based on the bad assumption that allowing outfitter/guiding will not increase snowmobile use, and therefore doesn't address any of the inherent problems with snowmobiles near roadless areas, the High Uintas Wilderness, and lynx habitat. Regardless of the stated assumption that snowmobile use will not increase because of the permit, issuing the permit implies that the Kamas District is promoting snowmobiling and encouraging more use by plowing parking lots, possibly enlarging parking lots, and encouraging additional parking off the Forest Service. In addition to these concerns, the EA states that the permit for outfitter/guiding is needed to reduce illegal outfitter/guiding. In other words, they are doing it anyway, so let's make it legal and then we don't have to enforce the current regulations!
Please take a few moments to comment on this proposal and keep commercial interests out of the Uintas. Your comments must be sent to the above address by SEPTEMBER 3.
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Thanks for your help!
Dick Carter High Uintas Preservation Council P.O. Box 72 Hyrum, UT 84319 435-245-6747