Out and About: Outdoors news of note

Statesman staffMay 16, 2013 

CAMPING

Forest Service closes road to Bear Valley

The Boise and Salmon-Challis national forests temporarily closed Forest Road 579 until June 6, or until the road dries out, the federal agency announced this week.

If the road opens earlier, the closure signs will be removed.

The section of the road affected begins at the junction of the Forest Road 579 and Idaho 21. It goes northwest the Bruce Meadows airstrip in the Bear Valley area, which is popular for camping and canoeing.

The road was closed for snow plowing to provide limited access for tree planting operations. At least 6 inches of snow will remain on the road surface, to provide for a slow melt, thereby protecting the road surface from damage, the Forest Service said.

Reforestation for the 2006 Red Mountain burn has been underway since spring 2010. About 1,687 acres have been planted with seedlings. The Lowman Ranger District plans to plant an additional 1,078 acres this spring and 70 acres in the fall.

For more information about the road closure, contact the Lowman Ranger District at 259-3361. The closure order and map can be found online at fs.usda.gov/boise.

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