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The Pine Valley Mts. represent another major problem as the legislation is 30,000 acres

short of the RARE II wilderness recommendation. There are no timber conflicts, ORV

use, grazing conflicts or mineral conflicts. It is a large and diverse area straddling

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the Colorado Plateau, the Sonoran Desert and the Great Basin. It is a critical watershed

and important wildlife habitat for mule deer, wild turkey and mt. lion. The boundary

must include the eastern canyons of Maple Hollow and Sandy Creek which are important

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The inclusion of Dark Canyon is a major plus for the wilderness system. The route
down Peavine Canyon is not maintained and serves no administrative purpose, including

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grazing. It should be part of the Dark Canyon wilderness.


Other problems needing resolution would be the addition of 13,000 acres on Mt. Nebo

(Santaquin Canyon) and the inclusion of Fishlake Mt. ( RARE II wilderness recommendation).

Also, at least 44,000 acres of the Stansbury Mts. (RARE II wild. recommendation), 50

miles west of SLC, should be added. This is high alpine country with no resource conflicts.

With these alterations S. 2155 initiates the wilderness system in Utah and adds some

of the hest areas to the NWPS. Thank you.



Utah Wilderness Association
325 JUDGE BUILDING SALT LAKE CITY,UTAH 84111.18011359-1337


We would like to summarize a number of significant concerns revolving around the Utah Wilderness Act of 1984. We fully believe if these suggestions are incorporated the Utah Wilderness Act will be an equitable and good piece of wilderness


The legislation simply falls too short with respect to acres and areas. On Mt. Naomi, a positive addition in the legislation, the boundary stays west of the ridge of the Bear River Range. This excludes over 20,000 acres of land proposed by the Utah Wilderness Association as wilderness and, in particular, ignores the upper eastern slope basins ( 3,000-4,000 acres ) so important for the primitive recreation made outstanding by Mt. Naomi. It also ignores Cottonwood

Canyon ( 5,000 acres - 6,000 acres ). This is one of the major trail access areas to the crest of the range . This is a very rugged, steep-cliffed canyon filled with conifers which opens up into large basins at the base of the crest of

the range. There are no timber resources on any of these areas and oil and gas potential for the Naomi area is rated as low ( U.S.G.S, 1983 ) and even lower for hardrock minerals ( U.S.G.S., 1984 ). Already the Forest Service has restricted off road vehicle use on both of these areas and snowmobile use is minimum. The majority of the snowmobile use is found east and south of the roadless area. Both areas also represent important summer range of elk and moose.


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boundary it is clear the addition of Dog Lake and Desolation Lake would round

out this area adjacent to Salt Lake City. This addition (8,000 acres ) is one

of the most popular hiking areas along the Wasatch Front and is typified by

beautiful aspen slopes. It is home to mule deer and elk and harbors no resource

conflicts whatsoever. About 1,000 sheep do graze in this area with no motorized


issues. A small chunk of private land ( no motorized access ) exists on

Beart rap Fork and can easily be excluded with a minor boundary adjustment. Presently the Forest Service has restricted most ORY use in the area as it is a primary watersh:

for Salt Lake County.

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Mt. Timpanogos is much the same as Olympus. The present Timpanogos Scenic Area
(10,750 acres) is a good boundary. However, small additions on the northeast
(1,000 acres) and the west (2,750 acres) round out the area and make a much more
manageable boundary. This brings the boundary off the face of the mountain
down to definable benchlands. There are no resource conflicts or ORV use within

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Mt. Nebo also represents a similar situation. With the exception of the longer
than necessary cherrystem on Salt Creek we applaud the addition of Nebo, the highest
peak (11,928 feet ) on the Wasatch. The map included in the wilderness bill notes
the cherrystem proceeds over 1/2 mile beyond the campground and end of the road.
The boundary should be brought into conformance with the Forest Service roadless
houndary which shows the roadless area starting just beyond the campground.




UWA statement

Also, the Uinta National Forest has proposed joining the Nephi roadless area ( Mt. Nebo ) with the Santaquin roadless area to make one roadless unit. This is being done where the two units were previously separated by the Pole Canyon trail. This trail was rarely used by motor vehicles, served no purpose and is impassable. Severe flooding washed the road out and for watershed purposes the Forest Service has closed this 4-wheel drive trail. The Santaquin area is a steep natural extension of Nebo and would enlarge the area by about 13,000 acres.

Along with the Nebo area itself the region harbors black bear, elk and the

very sensitive RockyMt. bighorn sheep. The boundary excludes the Privateer Mine
( this mine has not been worked for about five years according to local Forest
Service officials ) and the area favorable to small mineral potential. However,
oil and gas potential is rated as low ( U..G.S. 1983 ) with hardrock mineral
potential very low for only small finds (I.S.C.S 1984 ). With this addition
the entire Nebo ridge and summits would be included in this area of about 36, non


The Stansbury Mts. represent one of the real disappointments in the bill and like the Naomi country must be improved to enhance the legislation. About 44, ono acres of the Stansbury Mts. represent the highest quality wilderness and lowest conflict lands on the range. This also has received Forest Service support for wilderness since 1972. Grazing issues are handled by small cherrystemmed ways no more than

1/4 mile up Dry Canyon, Deadman Canyon and Pass Canyon. In fact, all grazing issues can be handled adeauately by the grazing language in the wilderness hill.

This is very high elevation country. Deseret Peak, 11,031 feet, dominates the core of the range. Steep conifer slopes and small creeks head along the

UNA statement

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steep ridge consisting of over half a dozen 10,000+ peaks. Oil and gas is rated

as low ( U.S.G.S., 1983 ) and hardrock mineral potential is rated almost

nonexistant ( U.S.G.S., 1984 ). There are no timber sales and ORV use is very

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minimal due to the rugged nature of the terrain. What ORV use does take place
is on the Mack Canyon trail and is not included within the 44, noo acres proposed
by the Forest Service and highlighted by our organization. This unit is adjacent

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to the Muskrat Canyon BLM suitable Wilderness Study Area, about 10,000 acres.

This area is critical watershed and wildlife habitat and is a very popular backcountry


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The Pine Valley Mts. represent a disappointment on par with the Stansbury Mts.,
Naomi and Vintas. The Utah Wilderness Act of 1984 is over 30,000 acres short of the


Forest Service recommendation of 83,500 acres, which is also supported by the Itah

Wilderness Association.

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The area has no ORV use, grazing conflicts, mineral conflicts ( U.S.G.S. 1983
rates the area as zero for oil and gas ) or timber conflicts. On the other hand
the Pine Valley Mts. are one of the largest roadless areas in Utah on Forest Service
administered land. It is important wildlife habitat for mule deer, wild turkey,
and mt. lion. It is also shows great diversity and is a fundamental watershed for
southwestern Utah. In particular, the boundary should be modified to include
Water Canyon, north of the town of Pine Valley, and Maple Hollow and Sandy Creek.
All of these areas are steep canyons covered with Doug-fir and ponderosa pine: the later
two represent the major easter access into the Pine Valley Mts. These modifications

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represent more manageable boundaries.

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