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A golf course at a Dimple Dell regional park could benefit the area's ecology by stabilizing soils, but only if the work is done properly, according to the author of a draft of the environmental assessment presented Wednesday to the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Board.

Ken Theis, an environmental planner for Bio West, the Logan firm that conducted the assessment, warned that Dimple Dell's sandy earth - which already pesters nearby residents when wind blows through the area - will have to be moved carefully and revegetated wherever possible to prevent slope instability and severe erosion problems."Nowhere in the report do we indicate the park is anywhere near a pristine condition," Theis said, but existing damage caused by horses, motorcycles water draining from nearby subdivisions and other sources needs to be mitigated.

"Revegetation potential is poor. The control of these impacts is possible with extensive use of the best management practices but will require constant monitoring, maintenance and remedial action," according to a summary of the draft, which should be released to the public in two weeks.

Development would also displace some of the existing wildlife, according to the summary. "Revegetation will help but not fully compensate for loss of habitat block."

The draft will first be scrutinized on the 19th by a scoping committee made up of county planners, community council representatives and several opponents of the county's plan to develop a golf course on part of the regional park.

The county needs the federal government's permission to build a golf course in Dimple Dell because the use is not consistent with the terms of a federal Park Service grant used to acquire the property. The environmental assessment is part of the change of use process, though some opponents to the golf course proposal have requested a larger-scale environmental impact study, which would have included more public input.

County officials hope the federal government will approve the change application by February so they can hire a design consultant and have the golf course under construction one year from now, said Glen Lu, the county's parks and recreation director. Lu said that following the best-case scenario - which assumes opponents of the golf course proposal don't interrupt the process with a lawsuit - golfers could be hacking their way out of Dimple Dell's sand traps by May 1991.

An unresolved roadblock is the likelihood that yet-to-be-discovered archaeological sites may be situated on the north boundary on the west end of the proposed golf course site. "The state historical society has recommended additional study," Theis said.

Traffic is also a problem that needs to be worked out in the development plans. Access is particularly poor to the golf course area, he said.