ARCHES NATL. PARK by Karen Vendell SIERRA CLUB Utah Chapter 93 East 1st South Logan, Utah 84321 November 21, 1979 (801) 753-0987
Logan Ranger District
21 West Center
Logan, Utah 84321
RE: Proposed construction activities in Logan Canyon
Dear Mr. Roberts:
I have recently talked with Craig Rayle and others concerning the proposed road
construction activities in Logan Canyon. This area is environmentally sensitive,
and should receive the attention of public and private organizations before any decisions
are made on construction of the highway.
The Sierra Club has expended considerable efforts on obtaining information on the
project; additional information is requested from your office. As I understand the
situation, the Utah Department of Transportation has decided that an Environmental Impact statement is not necessary for construction of the highway from Right Hand Fork to Ricks Spring. Furthermore I understand that the road alignment will be altered considerably
in the Ricks Spring area, including placing the highway on the opposite side
of the River. Associated with this realignment will be the development of a Forest
Service campground and recreation facilities at Ricks Spring.
Additionally, I understand that the Forest Service is planning to construct a campground
Wood Camp Hollow. As you may recall the Sierra Club has urged the Forest Service
to include Wood Camp Hollow in the Mount Naomi Roadless Area. As I understand the
situation fill material from road construction in Logan Canyon will be used in the construction
of the road base to the campground and construction of the campground itself.
The proposed construction of the highway will include the removal of large amounts
of rock and dirt. The disposal of this cut material is of concern to the Sierra Club.
Relative to the three paragraphs immediately above, answers to the following inquiries
1. Ricks Spring Campground Development
Does, the Forest Service plan to construct a campground and recreation facility at
Ricks Spring in associaticn with the proposed highway construction? If so, please provide
information on the size of the campground and recreation facility. Information
on impacts on the riparian and floodplain resources is requested.
2. Wood Camp Hollow Campground Development
Does the Forest Service plan to construct a campground in Woodcamp Hollow in association
with the proposed highway construction? Will material from the highway construction
be used in the campground development? Information on the size of the campground
3. Disposal of Fill Material
The Sierra Club would appreciate information on the disposal of cut material. Specifically,
we would appreciate information on where the cut material is to be placed. Will
fill material be placed in Temple Fork, Logan River, Wood Camp Hollow and/or hauled out
of the canyon!
4. Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act
How does your office plan to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act in
construction of the Wood Camp and Rick Springs facilities? If an Environmental Assessment
Report is to be prepared, please give the estimated date for preperation of said statements.
Due to the timely nature of this matter, a reply is requested within ten working days.
I look forward to hearing from your office in the near future.
Brian Beard President
Utah Chapter Sierra Club
cc: Craig Rayle
Anthony Ruckel Esq.
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