Experts from Wasatch-Cache National Forest have begun an analysis of the grazing capacity of a 60,000-acre region called the Kamas Valley Allotment, including studying whether cattle on the Mirror Lake Highway pose a serious danger to drivers.
One of the review items is the safety of visitors using the Mirror Lake Highway when cattle are in the area after Labor Day. Cattle "get on the highway during the summer," said District Ranger Sam E. Warren.The allotment includes parts of the Mirror Lake, Weber-Provo and the Lakes management zones. It has important watershed, recreation, wildlife, fish, riparian, timber and forage resources, Warren said.
"Headwaters and tributaries to the Provo and Beaver Creek drainages are within its boundaries. The Mirror Lake Highway and the Lakes region offer unique recreational experiences that draw tremendous numbers of people each year."
Under a management plan prepared in 1977, forest officials allow 1,266 cattle to use the area in the summer. The plan should be revised to reflect the standards and guidelines in the later Forest Plan, he said.
The Forest Plan places more emphasis on protecting riparian resources - that is, streamside wildlife habitat.
A team of experts will study the allotment throughout the 1989 grazing season, and will inspect the area during two trips, July 13 and 14, and Aug. 30 and 31.
Those who would like to bring up issues or ideas about alternative ways to manage the allotment should inform the Forest Service by April 28. To make comments, get information or arrange to visit the allotment, those interested should contact Cal Baker at 783-4338.