Forest service reminds users of proper spring time care of roads and trails

As the temperatures are rising more people are recreating outside. People are starting to use trails for hiking, biking and riding. One problem people can run into is these trails might be a little bit muddy. If proper care isn’t taken it can cause problems for these trails for the rest of the year. Kathy Jo Pollock, Public Affairs spokeswoman for the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, has some suggestions on how to keep our dirt roads and trails running smooth this spring going into the summer months. Pollock says, “If the trail’s wet and muddy stay off of them until they are dry enough they can support the type of recreation or use. For example, hiking or a pedal bike can be supported before a four-wheeler or ATV. “If you look at dirt roads they are usually closed until mid-April or May, depending on the type of moisture we are getting, plus snow runoff we are experiencing,” Pollock continues. “Also, if you are probably going to slide on the road don’t go on it, causing more damage to the road which the forest service might have to fix later. If they are officially closed you shouldn’t be on them anyways.” If a backcountry road or trail has to be fixed then they usually have to close it while the repairs are being made. Pollock has some advice when going on a road or trail: 1. Check to see what uses are allowed on the trail; 2. Please just be responsible. If it is a National Forest trail and needs to be fixed a person should contact the Logan Ranger District to report the problem area by calling 435-755-3620.

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