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Fraser Valley trails closed as beetle mitigation logging takes place

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

In its efforts to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and protect local watersheds, the Sulphur Ranger District is announcing the closure of an area in the Upper Fraser Valley so that loggers can remove beetle-killed trees.

The logging operations began Monday, Dec. 8, in the area north of the Leland Creek Road (NFSR 159) and south of the Flume Trail. The public is asked to avoid this area for safety reasons.

The announced closures for visitor safety include:

– Leland Creek Road (NFSR 159) ” The road will be closed to all public use and gated from its intersection with St. Louis Creek Road (NFSR 160) to the Zoom Trail.

Logging trucks will be exiting from Leland Creek Road to St. Louis Creek Road. Visitor parking in this area must not block the gate.

– St. Louis Creek Road ” This road will remain open during logging operations and be heavily used by logging trucks. Visitors should use extra caution on this road.

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– The Deadhorse Trail and Trailhead are closed.

– Creekside Trail ” The trail is open to skiers and snowmobilers; however, snowmobilers are prohibited on the southern 1/2 mile of the trail. Skiers may not exit the trail onto the Leland Creek Road.

– Flume Trail ” The trail is open, except for the southern 1/2 mile. Skiers cannot exit onto the Leland Creek Road.

– Zoom Trail ” The Zoom Trail is open, but the Leland Creek Road west of the Zoom Trail is closed to all public use.

The Sulphur Ranger District suggests that visitors in Arapaho National Forest who are recreating near logging activities should follow these safety tips:

– Drive slowly on roads used by logging trucks, and make sure intersections and roads are clear before entering them.

– Keep informed about closures and stay out of closed areas. Closures will be marked on the Ranger District’s maps in red and on the ground. Closures will be enforced.

– If visitors find themselves near logging activity, they must exit the area immediately.

For more information, visit the Sulphur Ranger District’s Web site at:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/, or call (970) 887-4100.

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