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Watershed/Range Improvement

In April of 1992 an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact was rendered providing for mechanical and vegetative treatments to improve watershed conditions in Huntington Canyon. Open areas of undesirable vegetation received a combination of mechanical and vegetative treatments to reduce erosion, increase ground cover and increase vegetative production. Select areas were sprayed with herbicide, plowed and or ripped then seeded in the past. It has been 10 years since the decision and the forest service would like to scope once again to see if new issues have developed prior to follow up treatment. The Range/Watershed improvement project is located near the top of Huntington/Fairview Highway at an elevation ranging from 9,000 to 9,400 feet. Veratrum and tarweed are the undesirable plants that would be targeted. The goal is to reduce competition to allow grass and forbs to become established enhancing watershed quality. Follow up treatment in the spring of 2003 would consist of spraying up to 150 acres per year of veratrum and tarweed to maintain the productivity and ground cover desired. A combination of past activities would be employed tailored by new research and past experience. Treatment would persist 3-5 years to allow seedling establishment. The forest service is inviting comments by interested parties. You may submit your comments to the District Ranger, P.O. Box 310, Ferron, Utah 84523 by Jan. 17. For more information call Mat MECCAriello or John Healy at the Ferron Work Center, 384-2372.





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