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Forest Health Improvements Temporarily Close Portions of Owl Creek Horse Trail

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              

Contact:   Elrand D. Denson or Terrance Fletcher                 205-489-5111

Forest Health Improvements Temporarily Close Portions of Owl Creek Horse Trail

 (Double Springs, AL) March 4, 2011---- A U.S. Forest Service improvement project intended to enhance forest health, wildlife habitat and public safety will temporarily close the Pine Torch and Brushy Loops of Owl Creek Horse Trail System located in the Bankhead National Forest.  While forest operations are being conducted, the public can continue to access the Key Mill Loop, Flint Creek Multiple-use Trail System and any open public roads.   

According to Elrand Denson, district ranger for the Bankhead National Forest, forest operations in areas along the Owl Creek Horse Trail System will consist of commercial timber harvesting.   “We’re temporarily closing two loops for the safety of visitors while work is being completed,” said Denson.   The project will improve forest stand health by reducing the risk of southern pine beetle infestation in trees and facilitating the restoration of native forest communities that provide benefits to wildlife.

Forest operations will occur at Brushy and Pine Torch Loops only during the week and closures will remain in effect until further notice.  The entire Owl Creek Horse Trail System will be accessible on Saturday and Sundays.  

Current information regarding the Owl Creek Horse Trail System can be found on the National Forests in Alabama website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama under the “Know Before You Go” section.  Contact the Bankhead Ranger District at (205) 489-5111 for more information.


Map for Owl Creek