As of May 9th, some trails and roads in the Ashland Watershed are closed to the public. The closure, which will expire July 1, 2016, is being implemented to ensure public safety during helicopter thinning and log hauling operations that are a part of ongoing work in the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project. The latest round of forest thinning to promote wildfire resiliency and forest health has been ongoing in the watershed since December 2015, when helicopters began flying in the eastern portion of the watershed before Christmas. That work was recently completed, allowing the east-side closure to be lifted and for recreationists to return to areas that had been off-limits for more than 4 months. Helicopters will now begin flying in the west side of the watershed in the Horn Gap area in mid-May, with work completed by July. Log trucks will be hauling slowly down the 2060 Road and Granite Street, and through downtown Ashland. Temporary closures apply to the following trails and road systems:
• Wagner Glade, Potlicker, Horn Gap, No Candies, and Fell On Knee trails.
• Road 2060, from Granite Street to the intersection with the Potlicker Trail.
• Hitt Road, from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary.
• The 2060-200, 2060-300, and 2060-400 roads.
All closure areas will be clearly marked with signs and maps. People are encouraged to remain aware of the continued project activity in the area, and to drive cautiously where log trucks are present. Updates on the work in the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project can be found online at www.ashlandwatershed.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/AFR.Project.