Mr. C. Taylor Burton ,
Utah State Highway Department ,
State Capitol BuildIng ,
Salt lake City, Utah.
Dear Mr. Burton :
June 2l. 1961
There 1 apparently soma confusion on the position of this College
with respect to the roadwork In Logan Canyon. In the inters t of clarl-fyingour
philosophy , I am quoting directly my letter Df March 28 to
Regional Forester Floyd Iverson , a copy of which was sent to you :
fl e appreciate the invitation extended by Mr . Kay to be represented
at the recent field review of the proposed highway construction project
in Logan Canyon . It i encouraging also that the several agencies involved
are being consulted dur1ng the planning tags.
"The College of Forest , Range and 11dllfe Managemerit has a keen
interest in h1ghway planning and constructi on . Recognizing the impact of
hlg,hwaV construction on land and resource use . we hav appointed a facul tv
committee to develop orne long range principles .and guidelines . This
committee 1a concerning ltselfwlth the b;road regional and stat -wide
i mplications of highway development with respect to urban and rural develop-ment,
resource US8 , outdoor recreation , and other f actors . This committee
bas been at work for sometime and we hope to have a preliminary report soon .
"A second committee has been appointed specifically to prepare an
objective evaluation of the impact of the proposed road construction on
the fishery resource and utilization of the logan River . This
will be a staff effort . This study will concern itself not only with the
immediate Impact of highway construction , but with the long range effect
upon the ri ver environment . One objective will be to obtain data on which
to baa sound recommendations for the purpose of m1tigating losses . We
plan to have a preliminary report from this committee in the very near
"Returning again to the econd phase of the road construction work 1n
Logan Canyon, it is our hope that you will give every consideration to th
scenic and fishery resources of the Canyon . We recognize the englneering
problems involved and the fact that dequate protection will result 1n
higher co ts .
nwe . reject the . e. th . sportsmen and r.ecreation-lsts
should foot th 11 f reu e R at and the mitigation of
losses. This is una • The e is blle , as 1s the transportation
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Mr . C, Taylor Burton Jun 23 , 1961
system . It 1s of t remendou social and conomlc value to utah t citizen .
Its protection shoul d b a nor a1 cost 0' d building . It Is cl arlv the
r esponsibil ity of the road builder to protec t public r aourc S B8 1s done
f or p l vat ' resour ces .
, e urg your ag ncy , as t he one r apen ibl for det rmlning land u
on the Cache torest , to require v ry eCButlon ncesaary to prot ct the
valuabl r ecreational. sceniC , and fishery v lUes of Logan Canyon .
This tatamant was. d valoped by our College eomml t fa nd 1 ndore d
by th taff . It ha b en presented on s veral occasion . namel y to the
Chamber of Comm t ee and'the sea 10n attended by Comml loner Balch . It
at!ll rep r esents the thinking of the College or Fora t . Range and
ppreciate the opper unit! s to part icipate In the discus lone
concerning th road con t r uctlon work and w will b reprss nted at th Jun
27 m sting .
Sine r I V yours ,
J . hi tn V Floyd. 0 an
College of Forest . Range
and WIldl1f ' Management .
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