the increase of lumber operations and livestock grazing, ecological
damage increased dramatically. In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt
created the La Sal National Forest Reserve out of 158,462 acres of land,
approximately one-sixth of which was located in Colorado. Two years
later it was made part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Although
the Forest Service began to regulate mining and lumbering, flooding
and erosion reached a peak between 1918 and 1920; thus it was natural,
starting in 1933, that the Civilian Conservation Corps should spend
four years in developing flood control projects, roads, and to a lesser
extent, recreation facilities in the area.
Moab still nestles in the midst of canyon country at the foot of the
La Sals. The mountains provide water, mineral, and lumber resources,
as well as recreation facilities under the auspices of the Forest Service.
To the people of southeastern Utah, the mountains remain an important
part of the wealth and aesthetics of the region.
Faun McConkie Tanner, The Far Country: A Regional History of Moab and
La Sal, Utah (1976); Charles S. Peterson, Look to the Mountains (1975).
Robert S. McPherson