National Forest roads and trails in Grand County closed for logging
Logging associated with bark beetle projects is occurring in the Upper Fraser and Cottonwood Pass areas on the Arapaho National Forest, Sulphur Ranger District, resulting in two road and two trail closures to provide for visitor safety.
The closures affect the following roads and trails:
• In the Cottonwood Pass area the Big Meadows Ranch Road (FSR 253) is closed to wheel-to-ground motor vehicles. Although snowmobile use is still permitted, snow plowing for log truck use may result in unsuitable conditions for snowmobiles. Use caution with log-truck traffic on this road and be aware that portions of this route may not be passable for snowmobiles.
• In the Upper Fraser area the Leland Creek Road (FSR 159) is closed to all public access, including snowmobiles, from the St. Louis Creek Road (FSR 160) to the gate just before the Zoom Trail. Additionally, the entire Zoom Trail is closed and the Chainsaw Trail is closed from the Elk Meadows Trailhead to the start of the Flume Trail.
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• Heavy log truck traffic should also be expected on
Cottonwood Pass Road (County Road 55) to Hot Sulphur Springs.
• Leland Creek Road (FSR 159) and St. Louis Creek Road (FSR 160) to Fraser. The Sulphur Ranger District continues to use temporary closures and restrictions to address our concern for visitor safety and our need to complete bark beetle related projects.
Visitors need to stay at least 100 yards away from all logging equipment and also need to be aware of hazards in areas already logged. These hazards include stumps, limbs, and downed logs that are not all marked and could be covered by snow.
Areas will be re-opened as quickly as possible after work is completed. There are still many other trails and areas open to the public on the SRD.
However, when recreating, remember to watch out for falling trees. Following these guidelines will help you 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 a remote area 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 on cell phones for safety as there is not coverage in many areas of the national forest.
For the latest information on bark beetle logging activities, please check our Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/conditions/srdbarkbeetle/index.shtm
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