DNR Plans Temporarily Forest Road Closures

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Hunters and other state forest users should be aware that a small portion of state forest roads will be temporarily closed to automobile and truck travel in the months ahead to protect them from damage.

The closures, likely to affect less than 50 miles of a 1,673-mile forest road system, will be determined by the local Department of Natural Resources area forester based on weather and road conditions.

“As always, the vast majority of our state forest roads will be open for people to use and enjoy,” said Greg Kvale, DNR forest roads specialist. “However, we want forest users to know that some segments will be temporarily gated if significant damage is likely to occur or if the road’s condition represents a public safety concern. ” He said rainfall – both the amount and location - largely will determine where and when gates will be used. “Our goal is to prevent the kind of road damage that occurs during autumn and spring break-up when soils are wet and heavy vehicles tread upon them,” said Kvale. The DNR Division of Forestry has a long history of closing state forest roads – either temporarily or year-round – to protect its infrastructure investment. Most state forest roads are located in northern Minnesota; most are gravel and designed for logging and slow speed recreation traffic.

For specific road closure information, contact your local DNR Forestry office or call the DNR information center at 1-888-MINN-DNR.