HUPC Action Update
Sandhill cranes, a herd of elk and two big bull moose greeted HUPC board member Rick Van Wagenen and Dick Carter on their early April trip to a Vernal meeting with the Ashley National Forest Supervisor and staff, followed by an evening presentation by Dick to the Uintah Mt. Club, which remains one of the state's most wild voices! The ghost stories were equally profound on the return trip at midnight...
A week later both Rick and Dick met with Steve Ryberg, Evanston District Ranger, and his staff for a meaningful all-afternoon session. We discussed native fisheries, forest plans, local county politics, travel plans, grazing, snowmobiling and the like. No ghost stories this time but an ominous feeling in the weather; it was late April in Evanston and already warm, dry and windy.
Dick attended the Ashley's mid- May roadless information meeting (see accompanying article on the roadless initiative) in Roosevelt. 17 other folks made an appearance-- most from the ATV and timber crowd. The few thoughtful comments raised by folks legitimately concerned about roadless protection were largely nullified by true zealots suggesting the Constitution is now questionable, the Supreme Court has overstated its power, there are no more jobs, public lands are illegal, etc.
One more trip to Vernal to meet with the Forest Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to discuss protection of Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (see related articles in this issue of the LYNX). Dick was joined by Will Durant, Uintah Mt. Club and Pete Hovingh, long time and legendary Utah conservationist and recognized and published amphibian, mollusk and leech expert!
In between all of this were a couple of presentations to journalism students at USU and an eclectic bunch of Granite High School biology classes.