Cedar Mountain Wilderness
|Cedar Mountain Wilderness|
|Location||Tooele County, Utah|
|Nearest city||Tooele, Utah|
|Area||104,585 acres (423.24 km2)|
|Established||January 6, 2006|
|Governing body||U.S. Bureau of Land Management|
The Cedar Mountain Wilderness is located in northwestern Utah, United States, just south of Interstate 80. The vegetation on the upper elevations of the Cedar Mountains is dominated by junipers (referred to as "cedars" by early pioneers). The foothill and valley regions include mixed desert shrubs. Cheatgrass is prevalent over large areas burned by range fires. The remains of an aragonite mining camp can also be found in the foothills.
The Cedar Mountain Wilderness includes more than half of the 180,000 acres (730 km2) Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area, where feral horses have grazed since they were introduced in the late 19th century. A survey conducted in December 1991 counted 444 horses, and parts of the herd can often be seen on the wilderness. The Bureau of Land Management fills watering troughs for the horses when springs dry up in the summer. This artificial water supply benefits other wildlife species such as pronghorn antelope.
The U.S. Congress designated the Cedar Mountain Wilderness primarily in response to an effort by members of the Utah congressional delegation and the Utah governor to block rail access to a proposed high-level nuclear waste storage facility on the nearby Skull Valley Indian Reservation. The project was sponsored by a consortium of nuclear power companies known as Private Fuel Storage. The project was killed in 2012 amid legal obstacles and substantial local opposition.
- Lynna P. Howard, Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide (Westcliffe Publishers, 2005) ISBN 978-1-56579-388-0
- Bill Cunningham & Polly Burke, Wild Utah: A Guide to 45 Roadless Recreation Areas (Falcon Publishing, 1998) ISBN 978-1-56044-616-3
- Bureau of Land Management, Utah BLM Statewide Wilderness Final Environmental Impact Statement: Volume II West-Central Region (BLM Utah State Office, 1990)
- Bureau of Land Management: Cedar Mountain Wilderness
- Wilderness.net: Cedar Mountain Wilderness
- Google Maps satellite view
- Judy Fahys, Utah N-waste site backers call it quits, Salt Lake Tribune (December 21, 2012).