Volunteers prepare Fish Lake Trail for summer recreation

Release Date: Aug 10, 2018  

In late July, volunteers visited Fish Lake Trail #419, located on the North Fork Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, to help clear the trail and prepare it for access to Fish Lake before opening fishing day on August 1. Unfortunately, the volunteers encountered apparent vandalism during their work.

Upon arriving at Fish Lake, volunteers and Forest Service officials discovered the bulletin board at the site had been cut down and burnt. Volunteers installed an older sign until the bulletin board can be replaced.

Forest Service officials want to remind visitors to please be respectful when visiting your National Forest. These are public lands that are meant to be enjoyed by all. Anyone with information about the damage to the Fish Lake bulletin board is encouraged to contact the North Fork Ranger District office at (208) 476-4541.

If you witness resource damage, vandalism, or something else that doesn’t seem right while visiting the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, please contact your local ranger station or the Forest Supervisor’s office (208-935-2513).

In addition to responding to the damage to the Fish Lake bulletin board, volunteers cleared wind–felled trees and cleaned drainage structures along Fish Lake Trail #419. They removed dead trees near campsites and cut them into firewood. The volunteers also rebuilt the small dock at the lake shore and re–enforced the hand rails on the stairs, along with other general maintenance of facilities at the lake. THANK YOU to all the volunteers for your hard work on Fish Lake Trail this summer!

Fish Lake Trail #419 is a popular recreation trail that is open to motorized vehicles less than 50” wide. For information about Fish Lake Trail and other recreation opportunities on the North Fork Ranger District, please call the Orofino ranger station at (208) 476-4541.

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A volunteer runs a cordless drill as he installs an older sign in place of one that was vandalized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two cut-off posts are all that remain of a bulletin board that appears to have been vandalized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTO CAPTIONS

Top: Volunteers Don, left, and Cyrus, right, install an older Forest Service sign in place of the Fish Lake bulletin board that was damaged by an apparent act of vandalism. Forest Service photo.

Bottom: In late July, volunteers working on Fish Lake Trail #419 discovered that the bulletin board at Fish Lake had been cut down and burnt. Anyone with information about the damage is encouraged to contact the Orofino ranger station (208-476-4541). Forest Service photo.