Utah Wilderness Association
Mr. Desmond Anderson
107 South 300 East
Logan, Utah 84321
8 February 1989
Dear Mr. Anderson:
Thanks for your note concerning our involvement in the Logan Canyon fray. I'm sorry that you have a perception that UWA is not vigorously involved in the fight to maintain the existing quality of Logan Canyon. l' m not sur where you get such a perception.
Although am playing a limited role in Logan Canyon (it is a matter of time and an abundance of issues!), UWA has played a substantive role. Of course, there are many ways to get involved in an issue. Because we believe the best way to show the values of Logan Canyon will come from Cache Valley folks, we have supported the work of CPLC. At the same time Tom Lyon is a long time UWA board member and speaks frequently for UWA. Jack Spence has also represented UWA on Logan canyon issues over the years.
Within the last couple of weeks both Jack Spence and Steve Flint asked me for suggestions and input on a number of issues relating to Forest Service decision making within the context of the Logan Canyon project. I was then able to organize a meeting with the key Cache Valley environmentalists and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest Supervisor, Deputy Forest Supervisor, forest planner and the District ranger. We met for about two hours in a very positive, productive and successful meeting.
This is the sort of role we like to play in this kind of an issue. There will be one way to stop the denigration of Logan Canyon--public support for maintaining the canyon basically as is and opposition to major alterations. No magic!
I know Tom Lyon, Jack Spence or Steve Flint will verify our deep concern and involvement for the issue. I urge you to contact them to clarify any other concerns about UWA's involvement in Logan Canyon. I doubt a week goes by when Jack Spence does not have me on the phone discussing where we go next. And we are deeply supportive and appreciative of his efforts (and yours). We rely on this kind of help.
I must admit that I'm frustrated with your allegations, but understand your deep passion for Logan Canyon. I hold such feelings also. I live in Hyrum and was a student at USU in the late 60's and early 70's and have always considered Logan Canyon a remarkable place. Although I hope you will consider joining UWA, I'm taking the time to respond in this much detail not to recruit you as a member, but clarify a misconception and show you, hopefully, there are many models for involvement in issues. Please understand that there are literally dozens of "Logan Canyons" throughout Utah and UWA is stretched beyond imaginable limits dealing with those issues. We maintain a wary eye to being too provincial.
Keep your passion high and credible and we may win!
Dick Carter Coordinator
cc: Lyon, Flint, Spence
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