The Uinta Mountains in northern Utah are facing unprecedented threats, and Utahns must get actively involved in protecting them if the range is to survive in a natural condition, according to the Utah Wilderness Association.

The group has scheduled a free and public High Uintas Wilderness Forum on Wednesday, April 24, starting 7 p.m. It is to be held in Westminster College's Carlson Hall, Room C-202, 1840 S. 1300 East, at corner of 1700 South and 1300 East.Although 460,000 acres of the High Uintas have been protected as congressionally designated wilderness, threats to the overall Uintas are increasing, says Gary Macfarlane, conservation director for the UWA.

"Proposals exist to increase domestic sheep numbers in bighorn habitat, lease unroaded lands for oil and gas development, and log untouched drainages," he said. "Much of the important habitat, outside of the unroaded area, is being further deteriorated by industrial activity."

Macfarlane said several different planning efforts are under way that will decide the future of the High Uintas.