Many recreation areas closed on the National Forest in Langlade and Oconto Counties this weekend

LAKEWOOD, Wis. (July 26, 2019) – The southern portion of the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest was damaged by a storm on July 19. Many of the Forest’s recreation areas, roads and trails are closed until crews can clear the damage and safely reopen them. 

“We are encouraging visitors to visit other parts of the National Forest not damaged by the storm,” said Mike Brown, District Ranger on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “We want everyone to be safe – there are many recreation areas in Forest County on the National Forest that provide similar recreation opportunities.”

Additional storms and rain are in the forecast for tonight and again on Sunday which could change conditions in the Forest. 

“An area may look safe at first glance, but there could be dangerous limbs hanging above you or trees leaning nearly falling over that you are unaware of,” said Brown. “Our crews that are clearing roads are having to clear trees on their way out that weren’t there when they went in to a particular area earlier in the day.”

Many of the Forest’s developed and dispersed recreation sites including trails are closed until further notice in Langlade and Oconto County. There are numerous trees down in these areas and roadways are impassable. 

“We are working to clear the primary roads on the forest and have numerous saw crews and heavy equipment operators working in the storm damage area,” stated Brown. “Please stay off of closed roads and out of recreation sites that are closed for your safety and that of our crews working. We have law enforcement officers out patrolling to ensure everyone’s safety.”

A closure order is in place for roads, trails and recreation sites that were damaged during the storm. As areas are cleared the closure order will be updated daily. Please continue to check the Forest’s website and social media for updates. Recreation areas currently open in the storm damage area include Ada Lake Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Boot Lake Beach and Boat Landing and Bass Lake.

“The Forest is working to clear recreation areas of the storm damage and reopen those that we are able to at this time,” said Brown. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while we work to assess and clean-up the storm damage.”

Drivers are advised to practice defensive driving techniques, reduce your speed, drive with your lights on and watch out for downed power lines, trees on roadways and other storm debris. In addition, Forest employees are out assessing roads and will be operating heavy equipment and dump trucks as repair work and clean-up efforts continue.

For more information on the Storm Event please visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CNNF002 or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNNF002. You may also contact the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District at 715-276-6333.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.  The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.)

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