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Temporary County Forest Road Closures

Post Date:03/06/2018

Notice: Temporary County Forest Road Closures (March 6, 2018)

Due to recent and anticipated weather conditions, many of the County Forest Roads have become relatively dangerous – particularly during periods of time when road segments that remain covered with snow and ice thaw and re-freeze daily.

The Department of Land Conservation and Forest Management has temporarily closed the following County Forest Roads, to motor vehicle traffic, as of noon on March 2, 2018:

     1. Willow Flowage #1 Trail
     2. Birch Creek Flowage Trail
     3. Deer Fly/Hay Meadow Trails
     4. O’Neil Creek Trail
     5. Hickory Ridge Trail

A single barricade containing a road closed sign has been placed at each road entrance.  These roads will be monitored on a regular basis and will be re-opened as soon as the icy conditions subside.  It is likely that the roads will be opened on an individual basis so that no roads remain closed unnecessarily.

The roads mentioned above are not maintained in winter unless specific projects require plowing and sanding.  There has been limited plowing of the Deer Fly and Hay Meadow Trails to facilitate logging and ATV Trail Construction.  The plowing was not completed all the way from County Hwy M to 225th Ave (near Bob Lake).  If motorists venture into these roads, they may not have a location to turn around safely.

The icy nature of these roads, during spring-thaw, has created issues in the past.  Last winter, a motorist became stranded on a remote portion of the Deer Fly Trail.  A Conservation Warden had to walk in and walk the driver out on foot. Several vehicles have gotten stuck in recent weeks.

The County Forest Administrator may authorize individuals to access county forest roads for forest management purposes, including beaver damage control.  Individuals who desire access for the purpose of trapping beavers should contact the County Forest Administrator.

In addition to public safety risks, the icy conditions also increase safety risks to law enforcement and emergency response personnel.  These risks will be substantially minimized by temporary road closure.

Michael E. Dahlby
Chippewa County Department of Land Conservation & Forest Management
Forest & Trails Division
County Forest Administrator and Public Liaison
Office (715) 726-7921

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