The Forest Service is studying the feasibility and desirability of designating the Great Western Trail a part of the National Trails System. It has planned two public meetings in Utah this week to address the issues.

The first meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4-8 p.m., at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.The second meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4-8 p.m., at the Logan Ranger District Office, 1500 E., U.S. 89, Logan.

The Great Western Trail is some 3,100 miles long, extending from the Arizona-Mexico border to Canada. In Utah, the trail is already well established, but proposed trail sections would utilize existing roads and trails -- most of which are on public lands.

Also, a key question is if the trail should accommodate multiple use -- mechanized, motorized and non-motorized forms of travel.

Written comments can also be submitted by mail by Feb. 19 to: GTW Project Leader, 2647 Kimberly Road East, Twin Falls, ID 83301. Web site information is available at: www.northrim.net/sawtoothnf/.