Work will begin this summer to improve transportation and recreation opportunities in 12 Mile Canyon. On January 26, 2018, Sanpete District Ranger Kyle Beagley signed the 12 Mile Canyon Decision clearing the way for numerous improvement and restoration actions throughout the canyon.
The Forest Service plans to complete the project over three years, and the 2018 project implementation efforts will be primarily focused on the Spring Hill and Town Reservoir areas. The Forest plans to work on road improvements, angler parking areas, closure and rehabilitation of unauthorized routes and installation of barriers to protect wetlands and other resources.
The Decision Notice indicated that a substantial increase in dispersed camping and OHV use in the 12 Mile Canyon watershed has resulted in a noticeable increase in user-created roads and OHV trails resulting in a need for improvements and restoration.
The project is intended to develop resource-sensitive transportation routes that provide access to camping and staging areas in 12 Mile Canyon. The project will also provide camping and trail opportunities and amenities in order to meet the needs of users. It will contain motorized use at many dispersed campsites, modify some to mitigate impacts, and close others to protect natural resources.
The 12 Mile project was approved after an environmental assessment was completed, including public comment periods and an objection resolution process. Project documents are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43989 or can be obtained at the Sanpete District Office, 540 North Main Street, Ephraim or phone 435-283-4151.