|5/16/2013 9:02:00 AM|
Forest Service lifts some Pole Creek restrictions
Following significant work to reduce hazard trees within the Pole Creek Fire closure area, much of the area is now open to the public.
A new "Roads Restriction" allows the public to enter much of the area for summer recreation; however, the Forest Service continues to remove hazard trees along some roads.
Because of the critical need to protect severely burned portions of the Three Sisters Wilderness, the public will be allowed to enter the Wilderness Area; however, they will be required to travel only on designated trails under the closure. Areas off designated Forest Service trails will be closed. Off-trail travel and dispersed camping in the area will be limited at least through this summer and fall.
Due to the high burn severity of the fire within the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Forest Service wants to give the soils and vegetation continued rest this year. According to the Forest Service, previous burns, like the B&B fire in 2003, have demonstrated that additional rest for soils and vegetation within severely burned areas has long-term benefits for the recovery of the area.
"We realize the closure within the Three Sisters Wilderness will impact the public's enjoyment of the area this year, but we hope the public can appreciate the need to protect resources within the Wilderness Area, "said Kristie Miller, Sisters District Ranger. "Forest Service employees and volunteers will be working this summer to reduce erosion, protect vegetation and reclaim trails within the wilderness area."
Trails now open are:
Green Lakes Trail;
Pole Creek Trail;
Camp Lake Trail;
Park Meadow Trail;
Chush Falls Trail.A buffer from the center line of designated trails will allow wilderness visitors to take breaks without breaking compliance with the order. The order only applies to the portions of the wilderness area burned by the Pole Creek fire.
For more information about the Pole Creek fire closure changes contact Kristie Miller, Sisters District Ranger, at 541-549-7700 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon.
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