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USFS officials close hiking trails in two Texas forests

Posted Dec 14 2012 6:58am
After a historic drought left North Face Outlet several thousand trees dead and dying in the Sam Houston and Davy Crockett national forests, U.S north face hoodie. Forest Service officials were forced to close hiking and horse trail systems and some recreational areas in both forests north face nuptse. The closure order allowed forest service employees to evaluate areas and report their findings. Closed areas in the Davy Crockett National Forest include Ratcliff Lake Recreational Area, 4C National Recreation Trail, Tall Pines Trail, Piney Creek Horse Trails and some hunter camps and parking areas. Closed areas in the Sam Houston National Forest include Scott’s Ridge Recreation Area, Cagle Hiking Trail, John’s Point Trail, Lone Star Hiking Trail, Multi-use Trail, Office Hiking Trail, Equestrian Trail, Double Lake Shore Hiking Trail, Double Lake Mountain Bike Trail, Kelly’s Pond camping area, dispersed camping along Forest Service Road 271, Paluke Point off Forest Service Road 248 and some hunter camps and parking areas. All closed trail heads and established hunter camps will remain closed until all dead trees within 150 feet of the perimeter of the area are cut, and areas will be re-evaluated prior to being opened. Officials said although some trails and areas may open in as soon as 30 days, others areas that suffered more damage may take a year. Officials hope to open Ratcliff Lake, which is estimated to have about 300 to 400 dead and dying trees, in July, although there is no exact timetable.  


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