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DIXIE FOREST DEVELOPS PLANS FOR TRAILHEAD SITES ON 11 ACRES

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Nearly a dozen trailhead sites will be developed on 11 acres of public lands in the Dixie National Forest. The sites are on the Sevier Plateau of the Powell Ranger District.

Ranger Carl Guilette said work will proceed upon approval of a site development plan for each site and the availability of funding. It will require four or five years to complete the program.Guilette said trailhead facilities will be improved to facilitate parking, loading and unloading of horses, and access to the trailheads. This is expected to accommodate current and future demand for recreation use of associated trails.

Vehicle access and unloading facilities will be improved. Hitching rails, signs and trail realignment will be part of the project.

Trails have also been improved by the Bureau of Land Management on Fifty-Mile Mountain, southwest of Escalante, in a portion of a wilderness study area located partly in Garfield County and partly in Kane County. More than 300 cattle graze the area during the summer months.

Guilette also noted that damages by last year's flooding in Red Canyon adjacent to U-12 have involved reshaping of 2,390 feet of stream channel near the campground. The campground, main access road, sewer lines and drain field were all threatened by the flood.

The project has also included installing 1,113 feet of rock gabions, 623 feet of rock riprap and construction of a stream bank berm to protect sewer lines and drain fields.

Engineers say gabions serve better than a concrete wall. Floodwaters can flow through them, and the force is diminished, whereas concrete walls resist the force of the water and can more easily be washed out.