Bruce Young Logging will complete both the Western Route Hazardous Tree Removal Project and the East Alder Fuels Reduction Project. Activities are expected to begin in December and continue through the winter. Closures will be phased in and out as the contractor moves through the area.
The parking area at the top of County Road 603 and the Coalmine Campground/Sno-Park will be plowed for both contractor and public winter-recreation parking. Parking off County Road 603 is discouraged in order to leave enough room for log trucks to turn onto the road safely. A snowmobile path will be available from the parking area to access the trail system south of the Forest Road 53 closure.
The Forest Service, along with the 4-Corner Snowmobile Club and Morrow County Public Works, has updated the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to allow the grooming program to continue on several forest and county roads. The group is also working closely with the contractor to help facilitate winter recreation use in the area during logging activities. “Everyone is working together to ensure a safe and fun winter recreation season,” said Niesen.
Updated maps showing trails groomed and roads closed due to logging activities can be obtained on the Umatilla National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla. Maps are also available at the Heppner, Ukiah and Pendleton offices. For more information, contact Lori Seitz at the Heppner Ranger District Office 541-676-9187.