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OHV Trails near Foresthill Closed for Wet Weather Season


By: Matthew M. Brownlee, District Trails Manager, American River Ranger District, Tahoe National Forest

FORESTHILL December 16, 2013 - The Forest Service has restricted motorized use by off-highway vehicles such as ATVs and motorcycles in the Sugar Pine OHV area on the American River Ranger District just outside of the community of Foresthill. Snow covers the entire designated trail system in excess of 9 inches at the Sugar Pine staging area and 12 inches at the China Wall staging area. The area has also received over 5.22 inches of rain since late October. This closure goes into effect December 17th, 2013 and will remain in place until conditions dry sufficiently to protect all resources when motorized use resumes.

The OHV trail system continues to see increased use throughout the year, and particularly during times when the trails and roads are most susceptible to sustained damage. Once the snow starts to melt the soils on roads and trails will become wet and saturated. Motorized use on completely saturated routes causes surfaces to become rutted, leading to erosion and sedimentation issues. Additionally, because use during wet conditions has increased, the compacted trail surface is compromised, leading to more soil mobility.

The most up to date information can be found on the Tahoe National Forest web page at http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/ .

Additional information concerning this closure is available by contacting the district office or Victor Lyon by telephone at (530) 478-6254 or by email at vlyon@fs.fed.us.


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