Officials from the Uinta National Forest are seeking public views on planning the future management of the Strawberry Reservoir area.
Long-term rehabilitation of the project lands, using innovative measures and new technologies, will begin soon. Conditions on these lands will change dramatically.Congress has authorized $3 million for a five-year rehabilitation effort. It is expected that funding will be available by Oct. 1.
Development of plans for management and rehabilitation will begin before the lands are transferred from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Uinta National Forest. An interagency team will oversee the rehabilitation effort and will explore new approaches to grazing management systems and streambank and fisheries habitat improvement.
Interagency team members include the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Strawberry Water Users Association, and Bureau of Reclamation.
Uinta National Forest Supervisor Don Nebeker said the effort "will require involvement by many segments of the public. We want everyone who has ideas on how to improve Strawberry to express expectations concerning land and streams rehabilitation, fisheries habitat improvement, livestock management and use of the area."
Those interested should contact the Uinta National Forest, 88 W. First North, Provo, UT 84660, or call (801) 377-5780.