Mountain Home Ranger District Initiates Temporary Closures
Mountain Home Ranger District Initiates Temporary Closure Of Several Forest Roads Due to Tree Planting
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho –The Mountain Home Ranger District will temporarily close several National Forest System Roads in the area north of Featherville. Forest Roads affected include Road Numbers 100, 112, 132, 157, 157S and 158 in their entirety and Forest Road 135 from its origin at Featherville for approximately 4 miles north to the intersection with Forest Road 132.
The closures will be in effect from 11:59 PM March 15th to approximately April 30th.
These typically inaccessible roads are being plowed to allow access for tree planting crews who will work in the Trinity Ridge Fire area, which burned in 2012. When the road is initially plowed, about 6 inches of snow is left on the surface. Vehicle travel of all types, including snowmobiles, is prohibited.
The temporary closure is in effect to protect wintering wildlife in the area and to ensure the road surface is dry enough to prevent resource damage.
Planting of conifer seedlings in burned areas will commence this year and will continue for up to 10 years. The area being planted sustained nearly 100% conifer mortality.
Any violation of this order is punishable by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10000 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.
For more information, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961.