Catspur Creek Road and Area Closure, St. Joe Ranger District,

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Forest Order: 01-04-04-24-003 Catspur Creek Garnet Site Road and Area Closure

Catspur Creek Road and Area Closure Map_Exhibit A.pdf

Catspur Creek Road and Area Closure Map_Exhibit B.pdf

Catspur Creek Garnet Site Road and Area Closure

PROHIBITIONS

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a), (b) the following are prohibited on the National Forest System (NFS) lands in the St. Joe Ranger District, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, described below and shown on the attached maps incorporated into this Order as Exhibits A and B (the “Described Area/Roads”):

1. Going into or being upon the Described Area which is closed for the protection of public health and safety; property; and objects or areas of historical, archeological,
geological, or paleontological interest. 36 C.F.R. § 261.53(c), (e), (f).

2. Being on the road. 36 C.F.R. § 261.54(e).

EXEMPTIONS

Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 36 CFR § 261.50(e)(4)

2. Persons with Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order, including contractors, utility companies and private inholders with access rights. 36 CFR § 261.50(e)(1)

DESCRIBED AREA/ROADS

Idaho Panhandle National Forest System Lands administered by the St Joe Ranger District, east of the town of Clarkia, in T42N R2E, in the SW4/SW4 of Section 19, Boise Meridien, in the Upper St Maries River watershed, including:

1. the entirety of road FSR-361A, approximately 1.2 miles in total length.

2. all the land in the powerline easement under the power line from where it intersects FSR-361A to where it intersects Catspur Creek/FSR 361 (see Exhibits A and B, maps of closed area).

PURPOSE

The purpose of this Order is to close the Catspur garnet unauthorized dig area and access road FSR-361A, a 1.2-mile-long road, to protect public health and safety, as well as resource/property protection, including a rare area of geologic interest. This area is closed to mineral entry and no prospecting or mineral collecting is allowed, yet damage to the area has been extensive from such unauthorized activities. The illegal digging in the stream channel has disrupted the natural grade and position of the stream and caused head-cutting and increased erosion and sedimentation that is impacting Catspur Creek downstream, a fish bearing stream. In addition, hazards caused by the unauthorized activity include large holes and pits in the stream channel and flood plain, as well as the killing of trees along the road and stream due to root balls being dug out/undermined, creating a dangerous situation where unstable trees could fall without notice. In addition, some diggers have started to undermine the road itself with their digging activities, damaging the road shoulder and creating areas of instability.

IMPLEMENTATION

1. This Order shall be in effect from June 6, 2024 at 12:00 am, through June 6, 2025 at 12:00 am, unless rescinded.

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