Those traveling on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests near Slate Creek should prepare for upcoming travel impacts, including road closures and delays, associated with timber sale activity in the area.

Timber harvest operations begin this week on the Center Johnson timber sale located on the forest’s Salmon River Ranger District. Initial work will include felling operations adjacent to Forest Service Road (FSR) #672, also known as Crooked Road, with timber hauling scheduled to begin next week.

Forest Service officials plan to implement a road closure on FSR #672 beginning January 19 for public safety during timber hauling operations. Future road closures may be necessary for public safety as timber harvest operations continue. More information regarding the closure on FSR #672 and any future closures will be made available online and at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices. For the latest information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices or contact your local ranger station.

Following work on FSR #672, operations will move to FSR #420 and Deer Creek Road #493. Travelers on these routes should expect to see heavy equipment and personnel in the sale area and be prepared for delays of up to two hours at a time during operations on Deer Creek Road.

The Center Johnson timber sale is authorized under a Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests vegetation management project of the same name. The Center Johnson project was designed to reduce the risk and extent of insect and disease impacts to the forest and, therefore, reduce wildfire risk to local communities and surrounding federal lands.

For the latest information on the Center Johnson timber sale and associated travel impacts, visitors may call the Forest Service offices in Grangeville (208-983-1950) or Slate Creek (208-451-4366).

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