Logging operations happening around Bogus Basin

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 14:37:25-04

BOISE, Idaho — Visitors to the Boise National Forest should be aware of logging contractors removing dead trees with Douglas-fir dwarf milestone is happening now. The contractors are working along Bogus Basin Road north of the resort and areas around Bogus Basin.

Hikers and bikers may see delays up to one hour along National Forest System (NFS) roads 297, 374 and 374E. Trails may be closed temporarily while the contractor is working in the area. One to two logging trucks are expected on the roads per day with operations taking place Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We have not a set schedule for which trails will be temporarily closed, but they will be signed and we urge visitors to use caution when in the area,” said John Wallace, Assistant Timber Management Officer, Idaho City Ranger District. “Roads are remaining open and for driver’s personal safety, they should alert the logging operator of their presence before proceeding through active operations. There should be enough room for vehicles to pass between log decks, slash piles and equipment parked along the roadside. In some instances vehicles may have to wait for the road to be cleared to pass, or to turn around.”

The logging contractor is expected to be working on the above roads through the middle of July. Operations will impact access to Shafer Butte Campground, but no logging operations will happen within the campground. The campground will remain open after it's scheduled opening on June 14.

The Good Neighbor Authority timber sale is administered by the Idaho Department of Lands as part of USDA Forest Service’s Bogus Basin Forest Health Project.