United States Forest Wasatch-Cache Evanston and Mtn View
Department of Service National Forest Ranger Districts
Agriculture Evanston, WY 82931-1880
(307) 789-3194

File Code: 2720
Date: September 19, 2003
Mr. Garrick Beck
930 Baca Street, #10
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Dear Garrick:

This letter documents the cleanup and rehabilitation work the cleanup crew completed under the special use authorization issued to to you for a non-commercial group use event. The event occurred in the Little West Fork Blacks Fork area of the Evanston Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, during June and July of 2003.

The special use permit, issued to you on June 17, included specific site rehabilitation requirements as listed below. I have commented on each requirement. Overall, resource damage was less than we expected and the land authorized by the special use permit should return to is original condition within a few years. The cleanup crew competed the site rehabilitation work in an acceptable and timely manner.

1. All parking areas, roads, trails, and concentrated use areas will be scarified and seeded with a native seed mix approved by the Forest Service. The rehabilitation work coordinated bnetween Resource Advisor Bernard Asay and you relied on a light on the land approach with natural processes allowed to restore many of the impacted areas. Our inspections of these concentrated use areas indicate that they are returning to their original condition. The inspections also showed that water bars have been constructed on trails as requested and that the areas where we were planning to seed are recovering sufficiently as to the not require you to return to seed them.

2. All improvements, structures, vehicles, garbage, and personal equipment will be removed. On our inspection visits we did not see any improvements, structures, vehicles, garbage or personal equipment. Kitchens have been dismantled and the area around them restored by scattering duff, rotten wood, twigs, needles, and logs over the impacted areas.

3. Slit trenches will be filled and seeded and any surface waste removed from the area. Slit trenches, gray water pits, and fire pits have been filled in and covered with rotten wood, needles, and branches. No surface waste is apparent.

4. No removal of cultural resources (artifacts) during rehabilitation. To our knowledge, no cultural resources were removed during rehabilitation.

5. A join inspection between the Forest Service and Permit Holder will be conducted prior to final departure from the site.

Resource Advisor Bernard Asay inspected the authorized area on July 25 along with you and members of the cleanuip crew. In addition, Bernard visited the area on subsequent days to perform more systematic inspections. These inspections showed that you and the cleanup crew complied with the objectives of the Rehabilitation Plan.

I appreciate the rehabilitation work conducted by the cleanup crew; the work was well done and will accelerate recovery of the impacted sites. For future events, I believe the workload of the cleanup crew could be reduced if event participants would cooperate with the Forest Service earlier in the scouting process, selection of the site, and during the event.


(sg) Stephen M. Ryberg

Stephen M. Ryberg

District Ranger


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