Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Road and trail seasonal closures

Stanislaus National Forest

     Sonora, Calif. (December 4, 2012)…The Forest Service announced today that most Forest roads and trails will be closed to public travel from December 16, 2012 through April 14, 2013.
      "It is that time of year when the roads and trails are too wet to travel on without causing damage to the soil and the roads and trails themselves", said Sue Warren, Public Services Program Leader.
     "Due to recent wet weather some roads may be gated now to provide for safe travel.  Contact your local Ranger District office before traveling on the Forest." 
     A revised Stanislaus National Forest (NF) Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is now available to the public. The MVUM now includes another 11 miles of routes available for public use, reflecting recent completion of required mitigation measures.
      Some Forest roads are open year-round while other roads and trails are normally open to the public from April 15 through December 15.
     Be advised that Forest roads are not maintained for winter or wet weather use. Use caution and drive defensively when traveling on open roads in the Forest through the winter.
     Rocks, snow and ice may be encountered in the roadway. Wet, saturated roadbeds are easily damaged, causing the need for costly repairs to roads and adjacent resources.
     Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available at all Forest and Ranger District offices as well as online. All visitors should obtain a map to know where they may travel. Maps and other information can be found on the Forest's website at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus.


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