Upcoming closure on Forest Service Road #650 during repairs

Kamiah, Idaho (May 10, 2019) – Forest Service Road #650, located on the Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, will be closed beginning May 20 for public safety while crews repair road damage.

The closure will begin at the National Forest boundary at the gate adjacent to Idaho Department of Lands property east of Clearwater and will continue southeast to the road’s junction with South Fork Clear Creek Trail #130. Detours are possible by taking other roads or trails in the area, including FSR #650D, FSR #650D1, and Trail #130. The closure will remain in effect until road repairs are completed.

Forest Service Road #650 was damaged in 2016 when spring flooding caused a landslide over the road. Original plans by the Forest Service to repair the road were delayed when a subsequent rain–on–snow event doubled the size of the landslide, requiring the agency to re–evaluate its repair plans. Once the designs were completed, the project was included in the forest’s Lunch Thin Stewardship timber sale contract.

Stewardship contracts allow the Forest Service to utilize the value of timber being harvested while also accomplishing other important work across the forest, including vegetation and watershed restoration. Using the Lunch Thin Stewardship contract to repair Forest Service Road #650 allowed the forest to efficiently contract and finance this important project.

This and other forest closure orders can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. For more information, please contact the Moose Creek Ranger District at (208) 926-4258.




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