Fraser – Leland Creek Road, Zoom Trail re-open on Saturday
January 22, 2010
Since the Forest Service’s bark-beetle logging in the upper Fraser area is completed for the season, Leland Creek Road (FSR 159) and Zoom Trail will re-open for snowmobiles and other winter activities on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Falling trees are always a hazard when traveling in the forest, therefore snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and others are reminded to watch out for other people as well as falling or fallen trees on trails and roads.
The following guidelines will help recreationists avoid risks:
• Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid dense patches of dead trees. They can fall without warning.
• Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees. If you are already in the forest when winds kick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any potential falling trees.
• Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if dead trees fall.
• When driving in remote areas of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section. If trees fall, you may be trapped.
• Bring a chainsaw to remove fallen trees from roads in case you become trapped.
• Do not rely only on cell phones for safety as there is not coverage in many areas of the national forest.
For more information about recreational opportunities in the Arapaho National Forest, call Sulphur Ranger District Visitor Information at 970-887-4100 or visit the website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/.