Comment now! Revised Grit Mill & Climbing Access Management Plan

Due to a revised proposed action and the addition of alternatives to the project, we are now in another comment period for the Grit Mill & Climbing Access Management Plan in Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon. Please take some time and review the updated Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) based on public comment and recent field mapping efforts. (Info on submitting comments can be found at the end of the PDF linked to above.) 


Please note that this will be the final comment period and that comments made during the previous scoping period need to revised or at least re-submitted by September 17th, 2013, in order to have standing in the NEPA process.

The SLCA is currently working to draft and circulate a formal comment letter, and we are available to hear from and answer questions for the community. Please circulate the Forest Service notice, below, as appropriate. This is a great chance to make your voices heard regarding the future of climbing resources in the Wasatch Mountains!

Notice from the Forest Service:

The Salt Lake Ranger District (SLRD), Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWCNF), is requesting your comments on the proposed Grit Mill and Climbing Master Plan Project. The proposed project is located on the north side of State Highway 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon. It extends from the Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) Park and Ride lot to the Grit Mill site, and is bordered on the north by the Twin Peaks Wilderness. As the proposed projects would involve National Forest System resources, we will analyze and disclose these effects in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) prior to deciding whether to approve them.

We invite your comments on the Proposed Action and other alternatives. This will be primary opportunity for public involvement in this NEPA process, starting with this scoping period. Scoping comments will be accepted for 30 days. In order to be eligible to file an objection, specific written comments related to the project must be submitted during the 30-day scoping period, which begins when the Legal Notice is published in the Salt Lake Tribune. It is important that those interested in this Proposed Action participate at this time. To be most helpful, your comments should be as specific as possible. Please feel free to pass this notice on to others who may have interest in this project.

Please Note: In order to have standing to object to the decision that will be made, individuals and organizations must provide comments to this scoping process. Those who provided comments to the initial scoping must re-submit those comments or provide additional comments to this notice.

For more information, please contact Cathy Kahlow, District Ranger, at 801-733-2675, or Steve Scheid, Environmental Coordinator, at 801-733-2689, or Thank you for your interest in the management of the UWCNF.