From: Sandra Mitchell [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 11:48 AM
Subject: Danskins Opening
I just got off of the phone with the Mountain Home Ranger District and they confirmed that they are indeed going to open the Danskins/ Blacks Creek area this Thursday April 21.
Enjoy your ride, but be aware that there will be trail hazards such as logs, sloughing, ruts and brush that have not been addressed.
Speaking of the Danskins/Blacks Creek, TVTMA is having their annual work weekend this Saturday April 23. This year with all of the moisture TVTMA may have a large work load, trying to get the trails back into condition and could use additional help.
If you are interested in helping TVTMA, please contact Steve Frisbie at [email protected] for additional information.
Thanks and enjoy,
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Motorized Trail Closures Imposed in Danskin Mountains
Mountain Home, ID – The U.S. Forest Service Mountain Home Ranger District has extended indefinitely the closure for the motorized access on all trails in the Danskin Mountain OHV Area to minimize trail damage and protect resources due to lingering snow and continued rainfall that have led to very wet trail conditions. This closure prohibits all motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle travel on designated trails within the Danskin Mountains OHV Area.
Mountain Home District Ranger Stephaney Church extended the closure past the anticipated ending on April 10, due to the cool wet weather this spring. District staff reviewed part of the trail system and encountered washed out culverts, down trees, and cut slope failures. Trail restrictions are annually put in place starting January 1 and last through the early season in order to reduce potential motor vehicle damage on soft or muddy trails.
“As conditions now stand, I anticipate the closure could be extended through to April 21, or even longer,” Church said. “We will continue to monitor trail conditions on a weekly basis and open the area to motorized travel just as soon as conditions allow.” The extension will allow the system to continue dry and allow for completion of needed repairs.
The extended restrictions are established by a Forest Supervisor closure order and are enforceable by Forest Service law enforcement officers. Primary access routes and area trailheads are signed with the closure order. A key ingredient to protect the trails is user compliance. Citizens observing illegal activity are encouraged to report violators to Forest Service law enforcement officers.
The Danskin Mountains OHV Area is located about 20 miles east of Boise and involves nearly 160 miles of designated motorized use trails. Further information is available by contacting the Mountain Home Ranger District office at 208-587-7961.
4-8 Motorized Trail Closures Imposed in Danskin Mountains.doc