Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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Wasatch-Cache National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Cecret Lake Panorama Albion Basin Alta Utah July 2009.jpg
Cecret Lake in Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Map showing the location of Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Map showing the location of Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Location Utah / Idaho / Wyoming, USA
Nearest city Salt Lake City, UT
Coordinates 41°39′00″N 112°00′54″W / 41.65°N 112.015°W / 41.65; -112.015Coordinates: 41°39′00″N 112°00′54″W / 41.65°N 112.015°W / 41.65; -112.015
Area 1,607,177 acres (6,504.01 km2)
Established August 16, 1906
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Official website

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 the Ute word Wasatch for a low place in high mountains, and the French word Cache meaning to hide.[1] 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 both Salt Lake City and Provo. The Kamas Ranger District will be 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).[2]

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.

Wilderness areas[edit]

Map of wilderness areas in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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.[3]

Logan District

Kamas, Evanston and Mountain View Districts

Salt Lake District

See also[edit]

Hansen Pond

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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