Utah Wilderness Association 455 East 400 South B-40/Salt Lake City, UT 84111/(801) 359-1337
April 24, 1987
Mr. Dale Bosworth
Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
Considerable concern has recently been expressed about the Logan Canyon highway issues. Dick Pine has expressed strong and positive concern and support to both George Nickas and me at preventing a widening gap as this issue progresses. We have, indeed, experienced this concern as well and likely harbor similiar fears as to the level of acrimony which may develop over Logan Canyon. Upon a suggestion from George Nickas, Dick Pine has set up a meeting with the principal environmental organizations and individuals, you and your staff to discuss this issue.
In anticipation of such a meeting let me outline our concerns. Rather than discussing the impacts to the canyon environment from major road development which are strongly documented, I want to relay you our concerns with Forest Service involvement in the issue.
We see the forest plan as guidance on Logan Canyon. Thus we see the Forest Service not as a neutral participant but as an advocate of the publics' interests as expressed in the Logan Canyon Management Area standards and guidelines within the forest plan. As a result of the intent of the management area, its description and management standards, there is no doubt that only minor disturbances associated with the Logan Canyon highway can be implemented. This firm understandfng of the forest plan was fully supported by conservationists and understood in the above context. And it has been consistently relayed in that manner by the Forest Service. Only recently have we heard different notions and
that is rather disturbing.
It is within the context of the intent of the forest plan that a frank discussion would be beneficial. I suspect it would be helpful with respect to a number of issues as well.
Thanks very much. Cordially, Dick Carter
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