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The implementation of the wet seasonal closure for publicly used native surface roads occurs between January 1 and March 31st of every year as described in the Eldorado National Forest Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Record of Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement, 2008. However, every year, characteristics of rainfall events are important in determining if a wet seasonal closure is needed earlier than January 1 to protect native surface roads from damage due to wet saturated road surfaces.

Rainfall and snow events this fall have been cumulative, wetting roads at all elevations across the forest. Rain/snow events are predicted to continue into late fall-early winter. A winter storm event will occur this Tuesday, November 24, and it appears that this storm could result up to 8-12 inches of snow in areas of the forest where soils are already wet and in some cases already saturated, which are susceptible vehicle damage. The storm is expected to be accompanied by very cold air and the snow level is expected to be low (1500ft) at the coldest point of the storm, but prior to the arrival of the cold air mass, rain is likely up to 5000ft.

On-going monitoring is revealing surface damage from vehicles resulting in rutting and road surface displacement. The existing road moisture is high enough to cause damage.

The forest will continue to monitor precipitation and native surface road conditions the week of November 23, 2015 and will determine if conditions warrant a seasonal closure sooner than the January 1 road closure requirement date.



Laurence Crabtree
Forest Supervisor
Forest Service
Eldorado National Forest
p: 530-621-5205
f: 530-621-5282
[email protected]

100 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667
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Eldorado National Forest Dirt Road Seasonal Closure Will Go Into Effect On December 8

U.S. Forest Service
Eldorado National Forest
100 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667


News Release


Contact: Kristi Schroeder, (530) 622-5061



For Immediate Release

Date: December 7, 2015


Placerville, CA - Based on recent precipitation, the annual seasonal closure of native surface roads, also known as dirt roads, will go into effect on Tuesday, December 18, 2015. Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that trigger a seasonal closure earlier than January 1. The roads will remain closed until at least April 1.

"My goal is to keep these roads open to the public as long as possible as winter approaches," said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "However, based on the recent storms and a weather forecast predicting additional rain and snow events this month, the soils will be getting saturated to the point where they can't hold any more water. Under these conditions, these roads could be badly damaged."

The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality. A minimum three month closure period from January 1 through March 30 was designated for the core part of the winter in the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan. To maintain flexibility, going into the dirt road closure early or extending the closure is determined based on current conditions at the time.

Roads subject to seasonal closure are identified on a map that is free-of-charge and available at all Eldorado National Forest offices and on the web at: Eldorado - Home. The seasonal closure does not affect routes in the Rock Creek Area of the Eldorado National Forest near Georgetown, which has its own route closure process.

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CORRECTION: News Release: Eldorado National Forest Dirt Road Seasonal Closure

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U.S. Forest Service
Eldorado National Forest
100 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667


News Release

Contact: Kristi Schroeder, (530) 622-5061



For Immediate Release

Date: December 7, 2015

Placerville, CA - Based on recent precipitation, the annual seasonal closure of native surface roads, also known as dirt roads, will go into effect on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that trigger a seasonal closure earlier than January 1. The roads will remain closed until at least April 1.

"My goal is to keep these roads open to the public as long as possible as winter approaches," said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "However, based on the recent storms and a weather forecast predicting additional rain and snow events this month, the soils will be getting saturated to the point where they can't hold any more water. Under these conditions, these roads could be badly damaged."

The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality. A minimum three month closure period from January 1 through March 30 was designated for the core part of the winter in the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan. To maintain flexibility, going into the dirt road closure early or extending the closure is determined based on current conditions at the time.

Roads subject to seasonal closure are identified on a map that is free-of-charge and available at all Eldorado National Forest offices and on the web at: Eldorado - Home. The seasonal closure does not affect routes in the Rock Creek Area of the Eldorado National Forest near Georgetown, which has its own route closure process.

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