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Sugar Pine trail system to close Wednesday

Forest Service cites wet weather for temporary shutdown
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The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing off-highway vehicle trails in the Tahoe National Forest, near Foresthill. The closures will start Wednesday and continue until trails and roads dry out enough to keep dirt and rock compacted to minimize soil movement . A release from the Forest Service's American River Ranger District based in Foresthill issued Monday said that without the closure, soil saturation on the trails and roads in the Sugar Pine area could be combined with increased use to leave them more susceptible to damage. We recognize this is a disappointment to OHV enthusiasts and hope they will understand the need to protect the trail tread and resources within the system, District Ranger Jan Cutts said. With help from volunteers, the Forest Service will be working on the trails during the closure, she said. And as soon as the trail drives enough to minimize rutting and channelization, we will re-open the trail system, Cutts said. “ Gus Thomson