Ogden officials would like the Forest Service to pick up property along the city's east bench as part of the federal agency's land exchange with Snowbasin ski resort.
Mayor Scott Sneddon said Monday he wants to keep the privately held land from future development to ensure public access to trails.In addition, the city wants to preserve the integrity of the stream running down Taylor Canyon because it may someday want to acquire the water rights to streams and springs in the foothills, he said.
"The whole frontage needs to be protected," Sneddon said.
The Forest Service has approved a plan to trade 695 acres of federal land to Snowbasin owner Earl Holding for construction of a four-season resort.
In exchange, the Ogden Valley resort would have to purchase and turn over to the Forest Service land of equal value. The decision to trade 695 acres is under appeal.
The city council met Monday night to discuss the locations of possible trade properties that have been mentioned in public hearings conducted by the Forest Service. The other areas identified include properties near Pineview Reservoir, Francis Peak, Monte Cristo and Trappers Loop.
Although council members didn't come up with a specific position on each parcel, they agreed that putting the east bench in the public's hands would benefit Ogden residents.
"The closest we came to a policy decision is to say we want to protect the East Bench frontage properties," said Sneddon.
After taking public comment on the types of land the public would want the agency to obtain, the Forest Service will work with Snowbasin to make final selections.