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Forests welcome visiting hunters



KAMIAH – Hunters have informational tools to choose from this hunting season, including the 2014 Clearwater Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), Clearwater Motorized Travel Guide, and the availability to download vehicle use and visitor maps on a new app.

The Mobility Impaired Hunter Access Program is offered at some of the forest offices. This year, the Red River, Lochsa and North Fork Ranger Districts are participating in this program where hunters holding an Idaho Handicapped Persons Vehicle Hunting Permit and valid hunting license will be granted a permit to access certain closed roads. One non-hunting assistant may accompany the mobility-impaired hunter behind the closed gate. The permits will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis by reservation only.

The Red River Ranger District is once again participating in the program and offers Trapper Creek Road (9550) in hunting Unit 20 and Center Star Road (1110) and Moose Butte Road (1150) in Unit 15. Contact the office in Elk City at (208) 842-2245.

The Lochsa Ranger District offers three roads in Unit 12: Canyon Creek Road (445), Deadman Creek Road (5541), and Middle Deadman Creek Road (5543). Contact the office in Kooskia at (208) 926-4274.

There are approximately 2,961 miles of motorized roads, open yearlong or seasonally on the Clearwater National Forest. There are 1,400 miles of maintained trails in the Clearwater’s system. All of the trails are open to hikers and most are open to stock. Many are available for mountain bikes. Non-motorized trails are not shown on the MVUM. Some trails are available for motorcycles and small vehicles 50 inches or less, these trails are shown on the MVUM.

Details are online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/maps-pubs.



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