The Wasatch-Cache National Forest traces its roots back to two of northern Utah's historic national forests. Wasatch is an Indian word meaning High Mountain Pass.
The Wasatch National Forest was created in 1906 by presidential proclamation following the destruction of watershed resources as the result of overgrazing and uncontrolled fires. President Theodore Roosevelt directed the Forest Service to restore and protect the damaged lands. Following more devastating flooding in 1923 and 1930, an additional 50,000 acres of watershed in Davis County was added to the Wasatch National Forest at the request of the citizens in that area. In response to local public pressures, the Logan National Forest was created in 1907. A year later, the Logan was renamed the Cache National Forest after the Cache Valley, where trappers cached their furs in the early 1800's.
Together the Wasatch-Cache is the site of some of Utah's most colorful history. Among the first white men to visit the area were Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and the Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers. They found Paiute and Ute Indians living in the semi-desert valleys.
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