Olympic National Forest roads closing to protect wildlife.
The Department of Agriculture announced that seasonal closures will begin October 1 on gates in the south part of the Olympic National Forest.
This includes 2 roads on the Wynoochee River watershed and 4 roads on the Skokomish River .
The closures, which will last through April 30, 2017, are part of an agreement between the Olympic National Forest and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
They are designed to:
- increase wildlife utilization of habitat;
- provide diverse recreational hunting opportunities;
- reduce harassment levels on deer and elk; and
- increase the escapement rate of buck deer and bull elk; and
- reduce the potential for sediment runoff due to vehicle travel.
The closures will only be for motorized vehicles, and hiking or mountain biking will still be possible.
Road closures include:
- 2451 road in the North Fork Skokomish River watershed
- 2354, 2353, and 2361 roads in the South Fork Skokomish River watershed
- 2294 (two gates) and 2270 roads in the Wynoochee River watershed.
This is in addition to other closures already in place.