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Ashley National Forest

Ashley National Forest Sign

Ashley National Forest  became a national forest during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (1908).  It includes 1.3 million acres of the High Uintas Wilderness, Tavaputs Plateau, and Wyoming Basin.  The elevation of this national forest ranges from 6,000 feet to over 13,000 feet.  The purpose of establishing this national forest was to protect and manage the timber, grazing, minerals, water, and outdoor recreation of the area.

 Ashley National Forest Ashley National Forest


The wildlife found in Ashley National Forest includes bear, mountain lion, moose, elk, mule deer, antelope, and the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.  The species of timber consist of Pinyon Pine, Utah Juniper, Ponderosa, Aspen, Douglas Fir, Rocky Mountain Juniper, Limber Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Subalpine Fir, and Spruce.   The Flaming Gorge National Recreational area is very popular.  The trout fishing is outstanding. The other recreational activities in which a person can participate in are boating, camping, hiking, backpacking, horse backing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

 Osprey Island Osprey Island Sign


The exploration of Ashley National Forest started with a variety of characters including trappers, explorers, outlaws, and settlers.  In the spring of 1825, General W. H. Ashley directed an expedition down the Green River in boats made of local timber and buffalo hides.  At one point the banks of the river became rock walls and large fragments of rock created a water fall.  Ashley and his men had to carry their boats around this water fall.  This water fall became known as "Ashley Falls".

References
http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/ashley/forestfacts.htm

http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/ashley/highuintas.htm

http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/ashley/history_of_ashley.html

All photos on this page ©2004 by Kathy Gann

 


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