Forest Service Concern for Rock Canyon

Many of you have wanted to know how the U.S. Forest Service is responding to the mining threat in Rock Canyon.

On July 9th, 2009, the Forest Service District Ranger over Rock Canyon – Sylvia Clark – met with two representatives of our group and there was a discussion of how the mining enterprise would adversely impact Forest Service property.  She has scheduled a meeting with representatives from Provo City regarding specific elements of the conflict.  Additionally, Ms. Clark said that the Forest Service DOES consider the Rock Canyon issue as a priority.

Brian Ferebee, the Forest Supervisor, wrote the following letter to the citizens who have written letters of concern.  Please feel free to comment on the letter.

Dear Concerned Public:

Thank for your correspondence regarding concerns for both existing and long term uses of Rock Canyon. The proposed rock quarry is located on private property adjacent to National Forest System lands. The rights associated with private land falls under jurisdiction of the local city government.

As part of the Forest Service mission and stewardship, we are required to provide reasonable access to private land when property is surrounded by National Forest System lands. To facilitate the process for access, the private land owner would need to initiate a request for access.   The Forest Service would then determine where, when, and to what level access would be granted through a special-use permit.

The Uinta National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan provides guidelines to identify lands that could be acquired by the Forest Service. The private land in Rock Canyon meets the intent of the criteria in terms of lands that enhance public access or recreation opportunities, provide protection to aesthetic values, and lands that would effect more logical and efficient management (e.g. isolated private inholdings). We have attempted to acquire the parcel in Rock Canyon, based on the criteria above, but were unsuccessful.

Once again, I appreciate your letter of concern, and if you would like to have further discussion please contact the Pleasant Grove District Ranger at (801) 785-3563.

Sincerely,

Brian Ferebee

Forest Supervisor

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Saving Rock Canyon on National Trails Day – Saturday, June 6th

–Give Back to the Canyon that Gives So Much–

DATE & TIME: Sat Jun 6 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

PLACE: Rock Canyon Trailhead, Pavilion & Amphitheater
1400 East 2300 North

• JOIN US as we honor efforts nationwide to Clean Up, Repair and Beautify the trails in Rock Canyon. WE ALL USE THESE TRAILS – so let’s show some good stewardship by Stepping Up, Cleaning Up and Fixing Up the trails and routes in the canyon.

• MORE – Letter Writing to Key Officials (pavilion-all day)
• MORE – Quick & Easy Usage Surveys (pavilion-all day)
• NEW! – Volunteer Work Crews at 7am, 9 am, 1pm
• MORE – Free! Live! Music! from 6-10 pm (amphitheater)
• MORE – Save Rock Canyon tees for sale (pavilion-all day)

• Are you hiker? Cleanup crews will be meeting at 9 am and 1 pm at the pavilion. Bring a bag or bucket for trash. Don’t forget gloves, a hat & sunscreen. (4 hands & legs are better than 2- so why not bring a friend for a hike afterward?)

• Are you a climber? There will be some Terracing and Erosion Repair in the Tinker Toys climbing area, just before the Green Gate. Look for signs. Crews at 7 & 9 AM. Bring gloves, and a shovel and other trail tools if you have them. (And a partner for some climbing while you’re at it…)

• Volunteers: Interested in helping out with the event?
For more info, email: RockCanyonEvents@gmail.com

Providing Proof – Location of Trail

The mining operation wants to use the asphalt trail that leads from parking lot as the thoroughfare for their semi-trucks and their claim is that this route is NOT used for foot traffic  into the canyon. The maps on their application show the “Rock Canyon Trail” as being the small path near the river.  From their rendition, trail does not even connect with the trailhead parking lot.  (You may want to look at the application HERE and scroll down to page 12.  Enlarge it and you’ll see.)

We need to provide PROOF that the ASPHALT TRAIL IS the MAJOR PUBLIC ACCESS to the canyon for the hikers, bikers, climbers, etc.  Accordingly, public safety will be greatly impacted by the mining operation. Does anyone have ideas how this could be accomplished?

Your Comments – Violations of City Code

City code states that the mining project must not be detrimental to the health, safety or general welfare of residents.  (CLICK HERE for city code.) It also mentions safety of “persons”, which could be assumed to include the general public.

In what ways do you see this project as violating city code?

In making comments, it would be helpful for you to look at the request for Professional Statements – CLICK HERE.  In that section, several concerns are raised.  They are ones which require experts to provide statements.  (Your help is NEEDED to find those experts!) There may be additional considerations.  Those comments would be most helpful.

Public Meeting with Provo City Officials

On Thursday, April 2nd, there was a public meeting in the Provo City Council Chambers to discuss the Rock Canyon issue.  City officials would like to know how the meeting was perceived by those in attendance.  Please post your feedback here . . .

Rock Canyon “Bowl” Park Meeting

On Saturday, March 28th @ 8 a.m. there was a public meeting at the Rock Canyon “Bowl” Park regarding a conditional use permit to create a mining quarry on the front side of Rock Canyon.  It would be helpful to create a record of comments made at that meeting.  Please submit here . . .


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