US Forest Service agency officials restored a ban on 4,000 acres of the Wasatch Cache National Forest. The ban covers half of the Franklin Basin area of Logan Canyon. This area was closed as part of a 2003 management plan but was re-opened to snowmobiles in July of 2005. Now the new reversal will take effect on June 1.
A lawsuit was filed in December of 2005 by green groups fighting the opening. That suit has now been dropped with news of the ban reinstatement.
In a statement last Friday USFS officials announced the reversal and said that they will conduct an â€œenvironmental analysisâ€ and collect public comment on the area. The opportunity for public comment is expected to begin this month, but comments will also be collected later in the summer as more analysis is completed