Wasatch-Cache National Forest
|Wasatch-Cache National Forest|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Cecret Lake in Wasatch-Cache National Forest
|Location||Utah / Idaho / Wyoming, United States|
|Nearest city||Salt Lake City, UT|
|Coordinates||41°39′00″N 112°00′54″W / 41.650°N 112.015°WCoordinates: 41°39′00″N 112°00′54″W / 41.650°N 112.015°W|
|Area||1,607,177 acres (6,504.01 km2)|
|Established||August 16, 1906|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
|Website||Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest|
Wasatch-Cache National Forest is a United States National Forest located primarily in northern Utah (81.23%), with smaller parts extending into southeastern Idaho (16.42%) and southwestern Wyoming (2.35%). The name is derived from the Ute word Wasatch for a low place in high mountains, and the French word Cache meaning to hide. The term cache originally referred to fur trappers, the first Europeans to visit the land. The Wasatch-Cache National Forest boundaries include 1,607,177 acres (6,504.01 km2) of land.
The Wasatch-Cache was headquartered in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah until August 2007 when its management was combined with the Uinta National Forest and is currently being managed as the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The merged forest is based out of South Jordan, Utah. The Kamas Ranger District was merged with the Uinta National Forest's Heber Ranger District in Heber City. With the newly included Uinta National Forest the forest will expand to 2,487,896 acres (10,068.16 km2).
The Cache National Forest portion is located in northern Utah and southern Idaho. It has a land area of 701,453 acres (1,096 sq mi, or 2,838.7 km2). In descending order of land area it is located in parts of Cache, Bear Lake, Franklin, Weber, Rich, Box Elder, Caribou, and Morgan counties. (Bear Lake, Franklin, and Caribou counties are in Idaho, with the rest being in Utah.) There are local ranger district offices located in Logan and Ogden.
The Wasatch National Forest portion is located in northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. It has a land area of 905,724 acres (1,415.2 sq mi, or 3,365.3 km2). In descending order of land area it is located in parts of Summit, Tooele, Salt Lake, Davis, Uinta, Duchesne, Wasatch, Morgan, Utah, Weber, and Juab counties. (Uinta County is in Wyoming, with the rest being in Utah.) There are local ranger district offices located in Evanston and Mountain View in Wyoming, and in Kamas, and Salt Lake City in Utah.
There are seven designated wilderness areas in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, totalling approximately 309,000 acres (1,250 km2) and comprising approximately 25% of the Forest's total acreage.
- Mount Naomi Wilderness at 44,523 acres (180.18 km2)
- Wellsville Mountain Wilderness at 22,986 acres (93.02 km2)
Kamas, Evanston and Mountain View Districts
Salt Lake District
- Mount Olympus Wilderness at 15,856 acres (64.17 km2)
- Twin Peaks Wilderness at 11,796 acres (47.74 km2)
- Lone Peak Wilderness at 30,088 acres (121.76 km2) (shared with Uinta National Forest)
- Deseret Peak Wilderness at 25,508 acres (103.23 km2)
- Hardware Ranch
- Harker Canyon
- List of U.S. national forests
- Peter Sinks
- Pfeifferhorn - The Little Matterhorn
- Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest - About the Forest. Fs.usda.gov. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
- Wilderness - Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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