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Forest Roads Seeing Overuse

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Among the first concerns facing Bridger Teton National Forest employees as they return to work is dealing with the increased usage of the wet forest service roads.  Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says already, managers are seeing damage to the roads that will be costly to correct next spring.  She says when people drive on forest service roads that are really wet and muddy, can leave ruts in the road; and then the water can’t drain off correctly.  That, she says makes it take longer for the roads to dry out.  Consequently, she asks those visiting the forest this time of year to be careful not to cause such damage. Cernicek says during the shutdown, there was increased traffic on the forest roads by a variety of interests contributing to increases wear and tear on them.

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