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F.S. Denies "Salting Cattle by Truck"

In a concise and very clear manner the Intermountain Regional Forester affirmed the Wasatch National Forest Supervisor’s and Evan-ston District Ranger’s decision to prevent the cattle permittee on the West Fork of the Smiths Fork within the High Uintas Wilderness to access his allotment by motorized vehicle! (See HUPC Newsletters Aug. ‘97, April and June ‘98.)

When we discovered this proposal and the Forest Service reaction to it last summer we were mortified by the fact the agency might consider allowing motorized access into the High Uintas Wilderness. While it progressed for a while as a contentious issue, we have been pleased and supportive of the Forest Service review and analysis of the facts pertaining to language specific to wilderness management and grazing.

Let us hope the issue has run its course and all of us, including the permittee, can move forward and care for wilderness values while engaging in a meaningful discussion of livestock management within wilderness.

Dick Carter


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