Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring conditions on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

SALT LAKE CITY, April 21, 2010 – Late winter storms have covered the mountains with several new feet of snow affecting recreation opportunities within the Forest. As the weather warms and snow melts, recreationists are beginning to think about getting out on the forest roads and trails.

“In the spring, road and trail surfaces become saturated with moisture and most often they will not sustain the weight of motorized vehicles, bicycles and livestock,” Brian Ferebee, Forest Supervisor, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. “Recreating on wet muddy roads and trails causes resource damage and it is essential that enthusiasts minimize their impact on the land.”

Forest users are responsible for knowing which roads and trails are open to motorized use. Travel Plans and Motor Vehicle Use Maps, which show the roads and trails open to motorized vehicles, are available at all Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offices. More information is available the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache website at  .

Keep safety in mind while traveling on the Forest. Before heading out, check the weather forecast and call ahead to ranger stations for current conditions. Always pack the ten essentials: map, compass, flashlight, extra food and clothing, rain gear, first aid kit, pocket knife, matches/fire starter and cell phone. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Also, remember that in late spring many roads and trails are still under snow. Some popular hikes typically have dangerous avalanche conditions this time of year.

For the most current information, please contact the Ranger District Offices listed below:

Evanston/Mt. View Ranger Districts  (307) 789-3194 or (307) 782-6555
Heber-Kamas Ranger District (435) 654-0470 or (435) 783-4338
Logan Ranger District (435) 755-3620
Ogden Ranger District 801) 625-5306
Pleasant Grove Ranger District  (801) 785-3563
Salt Lake Ranger District Public Lands Information Center (801) 466-6411
Spanish Fork Ranger District (801) 798-3571

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