Woodcutting, campfire permits available Jan. 1.
PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest would like to remind visitors that both the 2011 woodcutting and 2011 campfire permits expire on Dec. 31. Permits for the 2012 will be available at ENF Ranger Stations beginning Jan. 1.
“Travelers and woodcutters should note that the seasonal dirt road and trail closure for wheeled, motorized vehicles on the Eldorado National Forest will go into effect on Jan. 1,” said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy. “Visitors should plan their activities with this in mind.”
The seasonal closure period of Jan. 1 through March 30 was established based on precipitation records in critically dry years. The routes will remain closed until at least April 1. Road and trail conditions, precipitation, soil moisture and weather forecasts will be considered when the decision to open the dirt roads and trails is made in the spring. This could extend the closure beyond the three month closure period.
The seasonal closure does not affect routes in the Rock Creek area of the Eldorado near Georgetown, which has its own route closure process.
Roads subject to closure are identified on a map that is free-of-charge and available at all Eldorado National Forest offices and on the Eldorado National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado.
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