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June 19, 2012
Road Closures: Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forest
Forest roads decommissioned to protect salmon-bearing streams
OLYMPIA –This summer the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will decommission forest roads in Green Mountain and Tahuya state forests. Closures will occur on roads that have the potential to negatively affect salmon-bearing streams -- roads on state trust lands that cannot be maintained in ways that support sustainable forestry and protect public resources such as water and fish.
Road decommissioning projects include removing fish barriers by taking out culverts, rerouting trails away from salmon-bearing streams, and eliminating sediment delivery to streams and wetlands. In areas that are adjacent to salmon-bearing streams, work will take place during the July 1 to Sept. 30 ‘fish window’— a time when adult fish are not moving upstream to spawn, and young fingerlings are not traveling downstream and out to sea.
Recreation will be rerouted or DNR will direct visitors to alternative recreation opportunities on nearby state trust lands.
These projects are part of DNR’s commitments to meet state Forest Practices rules regarding its Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans (RMAPs).
Details of forest road abandonment in Green Mountain State Forest (map)GM-4
|What: || Forest road abandonment in Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests|
|When:|| Crews work from July through September 2012|
|Where: || Green Mountain & Tahuya State Forests (details below)|
|Why:|| To protect salmon-bearing stream habitat and wetlands|
– A section of the GM-4 Road has been rerouted due to sediment delivery to a salmon-bearing stream and potential impacts in a wetlands area. The road has been used as a non-motorized trail. A sign will be posted
. Old GM-1 and Spur Abandonment – This forest road has been used as the primary access road to Green Mountain. Last year DNR completed a sustainable reroute of the GM-1 Road to avoid wetlands and stream habitat while still providing access to Green Mountain. This summer the old access road will be decommissioned.
Details of forest road abandonment in Tahuya State Forest (map)
- Twin Lakes Road – DNR will decommission a portion of the Twin Lakes Road due to two stream crossings with fish barriers and potential sediment delivery. Access to the Lyle McLeod Girl Scout Camp will not be affected. Bennettson Lake Road will remain open for public access.
- Portion of Plantation Road – This road has been open to users as a motorized trail. DNR is rerouting this trail and decommissioning the road due to fish barriers and sediment delivery. The Northwest Passage trail uses a portion of the abandoned road. The trail will be rerouted to the Mission Staging trail.
- Big Root Road – This multi-use trail is in the process of being rerouted to a sustainable water crossing and trail to protect stream and wetland habitat.
Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.9 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. By law, state trust lands are managed to produce income for the state beneficiaries such as schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals, community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state’s General Fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and wildlife habitat and educational and recreational opportunities.
DNR-managed lands provide 1,000 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.
DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive camping experience in a natural setting.
Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, Diana.Lofflin@dnr.wa.gov
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