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Expect delays FS Road 444 during harvesting operations

With timber harvests pending, motorists can expect daily travel impacts into November along Forest Service Road 444, also known as Square Mountain/Gospel Road.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has sold the Hanover Decks timber sale, located on the Salmon River Ranger District. While FSR 444 has re–opened to the public following a previous area closure due to the Hanover fire, timber operations associated with the Hanover Decks timber sale will result in travel impacts where there is insufficient room to safely allow vehicle passage while trucks are being loaded.

Forest visitors should expect frequent, periodic delays of up to (and possibly exceeding) 30 minutes to protect public health and safety while trucks are being loaded. Operations will occur on both weekdays and weekends.

The Hanover Decks timber sale will remove trees cut during firefighting efforts associated with the Hanover fire, a 26,000-plus-acre lightning–caused fire that began near Square Mountain on Aug. 1. The Hanover Decks timber sale was a small business set-aside sale to ensure that small businesses have a fair opportunity to purchase timber in the area.

Deep Creek Logging, LLC of Cottonwood, purchased the sale. Operations are expected to begin immediately and be completed by the end of November 2017. The sale is estimated to net as much as $383,000 from harvest of 2.1 million board feet of sawtimber and an additional 1 million board feet of deadwood.


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