From the Salem, MO. Ranger’s Desk October 2018

First off, Loggers Lake Camp Ground will be closing October 31 and Sutton Bluff Camp Ground will be closing on November 4th.

Over the past month we have had a number of people stop by the office who are re-locating to the Dent County area. As they will be neighbors to the Forest, they had many questions such as how do they access the property they were looking at purchasing, had there been land line surveys conducted showing where their property stops and the Forest’s property starts, bringing in utilities through the Forest to their property and will the Forest ever cut its timber that is next to their property?

Access to the property they were looking at purchasing; In a nutshell if you do not have DEEDED access to the private property and accessing the property is through the Forest, it will need to be over a State, County or four numbered Forest Service road. If the access is not deeded or over a State, County or four Numbered Forest Service road you will need to have a Special Use Permit to cross Forest Service land.

Has there been land line survey conducted showing where the private property stops and the National Forest’s starts; In most cases the answer is no, there has not been a survey. In fact the Forest has only surveyed about 1/3 of the 7,000 miles of its property lines. That is why it is recommended to everyone to have their property surveyed by a Licensed Surveyor. Because many times, that old fence, or that last logging operation the Forest Service did or the previous owner said the property line is there, may not be where the deed says the property line is.

Bringing in utilities through the Forest to the private property; This too would require either the property owner or the utility to obtain a Special Use Permit to cross the Forest to bring the utility to the private land.

Will the Forest ever cut its timber that is next to my property?; The answer to this is yes, someday we will cut or harvest the timber. The National Forest is managed to achieve many objectives. Some of these objectives are wildlife habitat, forest health, fuel reduction and timber production.

So some day we may cut that timber. So in closing, these are questions you will want to ask the seller, realtor and us before you sell or purchase land adjacent to the National Forest.

For more information about the Mark Twain National Forest, or the Salem Ranger District in particular, you can contact us at 573-729-6656 or look us up on the internet at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf

Get out and enjoy your National Forest!

Thom Haines
Salem Ranger District
Mark Twain National Forest





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