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Expect Delays on Forest Service Roads near Syringa this Week

KAMIAH—Visitors to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Lochsa-Powell Ranger District should be prepared for upcoming delays on roads in the Stray Creek drainage on National Forest lands north of Syringa. These delays are necessary for public safety during culvert replacement projects.

Roadwork will take place on Forest Service roads #514 (Yakus Creek Road) and #454 (Rat Creek Road) beginning July 5 and is expected to last one week. Delays could last up to four hours while culverts are installed.

This culvert replacement work is taking place as part of the Stray Creek Good Neighbor Authority forest management project, which addresses forest species composition and insect and disease concerns in the project area twelve miles northeast of Kooskia. The project aims to improve the condition of forested lands while providing for economic activity in local rural communities. Replacing culverts on roads in the project area will better facilitate timber harvest activity in the near term, while providing the longer–term benefit of improved drainage in the road system and, therefore, better travel conditions for visitors. Timber harvest in the Stray Creek project area is planned for September.

For more information about visiting the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District, please call or visit the district office in Kooskia: 502 Lowry Street, (208) 926-4274.