Those who use public lands will soon see a new signage system in place to help designate maintenance and specific uses in state and federal wilderness in the Panguitch area.
Joe Black of the Panguitch office of the Dixie National Forest outlined new road sign policies during a recent meeting in Panguitch with representatives of the Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Division of State Parks and the Garfield County Commission. He predicted the policy will discourage removal of signs and make it easier for administration of the lands.Roads will be classified according to maintenance levels. Level 1 will signify that a road is closed. The Level 2 classification will be a road that is open but passable only by high-clearance and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Roads that are passable by two-wheel-drive vehicles will be marked Levels 3, 4 and 5. Those designations will be determined by the type of road, varying from graded through gravel and paved roads.
Signs with horizontal letters will indicate a road to accommodate two-wheel-drive vehicles. Those with vertical lettering will be passable only by high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicles. The criteria and explanation of the signs will be printed on maps to be distributed to users.
Signs will also be used to designate specific uses, such as areas open for hiking, horseback riding and biking and those suited to two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles and ATVs.
The sign program will be in accordance with nationally accepted standards. Powell District Ranger Carl Guillette said the program will take about two years to implement.