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San Juan National Forest Announces Closures and Travel Management Decisions
Mar 26, 2010

The San Juan National Forest has announced closures and travel management decisions on lands in the HD Mountains east of Bayfield and in La Plata Canyon west of Durango.

News Release
USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Region
San Juan National Forest

March 15, 2010

U.S. Forest Service Announces Closures and Travel Management Decisions in HD Mountains and La Plata Canyon

The following closures and travel management decisions are now in place on San Juan National Forest lands in the HD Mountains east of Bayfield and in La Plata Canyon west of Durango:

HD Mountains area: (These planning decisions do not affect the Saulís Creek area, where travel management is being determined separately through the Beaver Meadows/Saulís Creek Travel Management Plan.)
National Forest lands in the HD Mountains area are now permanently closed to all cross-country motorized travel. Seasonal wildlife closures affecting motorized travel on Forest roads and trails will remain on the same schedule that has been in place since 1992, as follows:
o All Forest roads will be closed to motorized travel from Dec. 1 to April 30 annually, except Spring Creek Road and its tributaries, which will close annually Dec. 26 through April 30, to allow for access to Christmas tree cutting prior to the holiday in this area.
o ATVs and motorcycles will be allowed annually on the Bull Creek, Little Bull Creek, Ute Creek, Reservoir Canyon and Green Canyon National Forest System trails from May 1 to November 30. Non-motorized use is permitted on the roads and trails year round.

La Plata Canyon:
Cross-country travel is temporarily prohibited on National Forest lands. This action is necessary because of a marked increase in natural-resource damage caused by newly created illegal trails following a recent change in jurisdiction of the La Plata Canyon Road. An environmental analysis, which will include public involvement, is expected to begin by summer 2010. The end result will designate a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized use in La Plata Canyon to prevent further damage.

These new travel restrictions do not affect snowmobile travel over snow. Snowmobile use is still permitted in areas where it has previously been allowed.

Maps and information on these closures are available at the Columbine Ranger District, 367 S. Pearl St., Bayfield, by calling (970) 884-2512, or by visiting the San Juan National Forest website at: www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/publications/orders/index.shtml.

For more information, please contact Jed Botsford, Columbine Ranger District, at 970 884-1436.