AUGUST 5, 2010

Logging activity prevalent on some forest roads

   Motorists should be aware of logging traffic on several Clearwater National Forest roads.

   According to Timber Contracting Officer Mark Craig, activities are gearing up on the Palouse Ranger District’s Gold Bug Timber Sale.  That project is located approximately five miles northeast of Potlatch.

   Beginning in early August and continuing through October, motorists can expect to encounter logging traffic on Gold Hill Road 770, Big Creek Road 370, Carrico Mine Road 4775 and Wheelbarrow Mine Road 4779. Craig estimates there will be up to 25 loads of logs per day traveling on these routes, with some trucks carrying very long “pole products.”

   As a precaution, motorists are encouraged to reduce driving speeds, especially on corners with limited sight distance.  He also reminds forest users that although gates or barriers may be open for timber sale access, designated closures and restrictions remain in effect.

    Questions regarding these roads and timber sale activity on the Palouse Ranger District should be directed to Timber Management Assistant Brian Palmer at (208)875-1711.