The Boise National Forest announced Thursday that it won’t allow motorized access to trails in the Danskin Mountain OHV Area until June, unless the closure order is rescinded earlier.
The closure, which affects an area popular with off-highway-vehicle users (motorcycles, ATVs, etc.), has been extended to minimize trail damage and protect wildlife, the Forest Service said. The trail restrictions are put in place on Jan. 1 each year, primarily to prevent damage to moisture-softened trails.
The traditional opening is April 11.
“We are monitoring trail conditions and wildlife herds weekly,” said Stephaney Kerley, Mountain Home District Ranger. “We will open the area to motorized travel just as soon as conditions improve.”
The wet winter has prevented deer and elk from moving to higher elevations. The same issue has kept the Boise River Wildlife Management Area closed to recreationists.
The Danskin Mountain OHV Area is located about 20 miles east of Boise and involves nearly 160 miles of designated motorized use trails. Primary access routes and area trailheads are signed with the closure order. Citizens observing illegal activity are encouraged to report violators to Forest Service law enforcement officers.