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Timber harvest causes road closures

Motorists can expect nearly two months of weekday closures on area forest roads due to timber harvesting operations. This will impact travel along Slate Creek road, Forest Service road (FSR) 354, and Grangeville-Salmon road, FSR 221, located on the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

To protect public safety due to heavy truck traffic on narrow roads, forest officials plan to close FSR 354 from its junction with FSR 354G to its junction with FSR 221 during logging operations. This closure would be effective Monday–Friday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m., and last approximately six to eight weeks. The road would remain open on weekends.

IFG Timber, LLC, has begun falling operations on a helicopter harvest at the Adams Stewardship Contract on the Salmon River Ranger District. This unit is on the north side of FSR 354 and the landing will be located adjacent to the road at milepost 15.

Helicopter yarding and log hauling at this site should begin in the next two to three weeks, at which point a road closure would be implemented. Approximately 30-50 loads of timber will be hauled on trucks travelling east on FSR 354 to FSR 221 and then to Grangeville. 

Snowplowing has also occurred as part of these timber operations. FSR 221 has been plowed from Fish Creek South to FSR 354, as well as FSR 354 down to Willow Flatts. The roads are narrow in places and visitors should use caution when travelling. It is anticipated that the road will be plowed to full width in the coming week.

Updates will be provided through news reports, and through the forest’s website and Facebook page. For information: Mark Craig, timber contracting officer, 935-4254.


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