Raptor Inventory Nest Survey volunteers needed

The annual Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) is looking for volunteers to monitor the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls.

The survey helps to provide valuable data to federal and state agencies and employs the assistance of "citizen scientists" as part of a long-term raptor nest monitoring project.

No science credentials are needed to become a volunteer, although those interested must know how to discover a nest or identify a raptor. RINS recommends that volunteers own a pair of binoculars, a GPS unit, a digital camera and have an e-mail address.

Volunteers should anticipate a time commitment consisting of monitoring visits to an assigned area from March through July.

Training workshops for volunteers will be held Feb. 22 and Mar. 1 in Salt Lake City. For more information on the workshop location and times, call 801-554-0807, or e-mail info@rins.org . The website for the survey is rins.org.

Comment period extended on historic cabin rental fees

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has extended its comment period for its proposed recreation fees for the rental of historic cabins from Feb. 1 to Feb. 15.

In the Kamas Ranger District, the Ledgefork Guard Station would be available for $85 per night between June 1 and Sept. 30. The cabin is one mile from Smith and Morehouse Reservoir and accommodates six people, featuring electricity from a generator, running water, flush toilets, a shower, electric lights and appliances and propane heat.

The Mirror Lake Guard Station would also be available at $100 per night between July 1 and Sept. 15. It accommodates up to four people and features running water, a shower, flush toilets, propane heat, propane lights and appliances and a paved road.

In the Heber Ranger District, the Mill Hollow Guard Station would be available for $100 per night between June 1 and Sept. 30. It accommodates up to eight people and includes running water, a shower, flush toilets, a wood stove and propane lights and appliances.

Also in the Heber Ranger District, the Current Creek Work Center Group Site would be available for $200 per night between June 1 and Oct. 15. It is a duplex, but both sides will be rented. There are three trailer pads with RV hook-ups and the cabin accommodates up to 20 people and features running water, flush toilets, showers, propane heat and modern appliances.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/uwcnf or contact Charles Rosier at 801-999-2103 or at crosier@fs.fed.us . Comments can be sent until Feb. 15 to uwc_info@fs.fed.us or by mail to:

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

ATTN: Larry Lucas

857 W. South Jordan Parkway

South Jordan, UT 84095