HUPC'S WASATCH N.F. REVISED FOREST PLAN APPEAL REJECTED
Way back in June 2003, we appealed the Wasatch-Cache National Forest revised forest plan (HUPC LYNX 8/03). In fact, twelve appeals were filed, equally split among conservation groups and ORV/snowmobile and logging-type groups. The Chief's office of the Forest Service lumped all of the appeals together and, in an 80+ page response early in March, affirmed all of the decisions in the forest plan by rejecting all of the contentions in all of the appeals.
Thus the Forest Service will continue to crow about the tiny and inconsistent wilderness recommendations on the Uintas North Slope and the Lakes Roadless Area... and brag about allowing snowmobiling on this tiny proposed wilderness on the Lakes Roadless... and portions of the tiny proposed wilderness on the North Slope of the Uintas... and boast about allowing snowmobiling on most of the forest and almost all of the roadless areas... and dismiss wilderness management issues of ecological consequence... and continue to allow timber harvesting on unsuitable lands, which is where most of the timber harvesting on the forest has occurred since 2003!
As you will recall, 94% of the Lakes Roadless area was left open to snowmobiling at least the snowmobilers didn't up that to 95%! So maybe there is an upside to this appeal decision.