Page 16 THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Volume II, Issue X 15 May 2000 Government/Planning News Snowbasin Land Exchange on Hold The completion of the Snowbasin land exchange is on hold due to conditions attached to the Taylor Canyon parcel that are unacceptable to the Forest Service according to Jack Blackwell, regional forester of the Intermountain Region for the Forest Service. Agreements developed by previous owners of the property provide for sharing the cost of extending 27th street and relocating a flood control catch basin with an adjacent property owner if the area was annexed by Ogden City. “We were aware of the agreement between the previous owners but were not made aware that the agreement applies to future owners until earlier this week,” said Blackwell. The agreement was not recorded on behalf of the adjacent landowner until April 19th so it was not found in previous title searches on the property. Taylor Canyon was one of four parcels mentioned by name in the Snowbasin Land Exchange Act passed in 1996. The Forest Service has repeatedly been on record that Taylor Canyon is one of the top priority desired acquisitions along the Wasatch Front because it provides needed public access to the National Forest, and it contains high resource values. “Even though the Legislation provides for substituting other land parcels under certain conditions, the Forest Service believes that Taylor Canyon is critical, and acceptable substitutions don’t exist,” according to Blackwell. He also said, “that in my opinion, without Taylor Canyon we don’t have a Land Exchange.” Blackwell also stated that the Forest Service is not interested in accepting cash in lieu of Taylor Canyon to equal the values in the exchange. Blackwell did indicate that he feels the current unacceptable conditions can be cleared up. He said he is willing to continue to work with Sinclair to attempt to acquire the parcel free of unacceptable encumbrances, but the exchange of deeds that was planned for next week will be delayed. “The delay will not affect completion of the new access road to Snowbasin but could delay the construction of other facilities that are planned for the government land that would become part of Snowbasin in the exchange,” Blackwell concluded. Monte Cristo Road Reopened for Summer Use The Utah Department of Transportation has announced the reopening of State Road 39—Monte Cristo—for the summer season. The highway, which connects State Road 203 in Ogden and State Road 16 on the other side of the Valley in Woodruff, was opened May 1. State Road 39 is one of the roads UDOT routinely closes during the winter months when snow levels exceed the department’s capacity to keep them open and safely maintained for public use. LIVING ON THE EDGE WORKSHOP FOR PROPERTY OWNERS LIVING ADJACENT TO NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. ❖HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE ❖NOXIOUS WEEK IDENTIFICATION & CONTROL ❖FIREWOOD GATHERING/STORING ❖NATIVE PLANT LANDSCAPING ❖TREE PLANTING TECHNIQUES SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2000 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. EDEN PARK Sponsored by: U.S. Forest Service; Rocky Mountain Research Station; Weber County Fire District; Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands; Weber County Weed Division; Utah State Extension Service Eden Park Recycling Center Reduce - - -Reuse - - -Recycle Thanks to the support of Blooms in Ogden, Ogden Valley now has its own Recycling Center at the Eden Park. Recycling containers have been installed on the east side of the Park for the collection of the following: Newspaper Scrap Metal We are in the process of constructing a container for Aluminum. We encourage all Valley Residents and businesses to take advantage of this unique opportunity and community service. Waste Reduction: Out of concern for limited resources, the space required for landfills, and costs associated with incinerators, it makes sense to: RETHINK: Make conscientious product choices. Avoid over packaged goods and purchase reusable items in place of disposable. REDUCE: Buy only what you need and use what you buy. REUSE: Products whenever possible; pass along to others. RECYCLE: To reduce the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW). Recycling Saves: Natural Resources - Demand for limited, virgin materials is decreased. Energy - Less is typically required for the remanufacture of products than for production of goods from virgin materials. Money - Recycling may not necessarily be profitable, but it is usually less expensive than land filling or incinerating. Quality Control: Quality control is essential for decreasing impurities, which impede remanufacturing. It is very important that you: Fully rinse recycled items before they are collected. Be sure NOT to include non-recyclables. Markets: Recyclable waste materials are purchased from remanufacture into like or different products. Market success is dependent on the availability of long-term supplies of materials and equally dependent on consumer demand for recycled goods. The Eden Park Service District Board is looking for volunteers to assist with recycling efforts (clean-up and policing of recycling center, signing, pick-up for elderly and disabled). If you or your organization would like to make a difference — for the earth – and for your community – Please contact one of the following Eden Park Board Officers: Carol Guthrie: Linda Gillespie: Ruth Monahan: Lamar Bott: 745-3080 745-6807 745-1031 745-0419 Support your local recycling effort. Participation rate will directly affect the success of our recycling program.