NORDMAN— As fall is quickly upon us, and hunters and firewood collectors take to the woods, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests remind visitors that some timber sale and road related construction activities are occurring in the Nickelplate and Lakeview sale areas. The local affected areas of interest will include Kalispell Creek, Nickelplate Mountain, Lakeview Mountain, Diamond-Reeder areas, and around Nordman. Activity dates are Oct. 3 to approximately March 15 on the west side (Priest Lake) of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ North (Kaniksu) Zone
Specific road issues in the Nickleplate are include road closures due to construction on Forest Roads 2516 and 2231A.
On Forest Roads 308, 1362, 2231, 2242, 1094 and 312 forest visitors can expect delays up to 30 minutes and heavy machinery operating on or near the roadway.
Specific road issues in the Lakeview area include road closures for Forest Road 1356 and all associated spur roads due to road construction and repair efforts. Additionally, visitors traveling on Forest Roads 1044 and 2519 can expect to encounter delays and heavy machinery operations.
“I want to encourage recreationists traveling in these areas to be especially cautious on the roads because they will have variable short-term delay periods, temporary closures, and active construction underway,” said acting Priest Lake District Ranger Matt Davis.
Members of the public traveling on national forest system lands are advised to obtain a free copy of the latest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) or call their local Forest Service office to ensure their planned routes are open during these management activities. For questions or more specific information on scheduled activities on the national forest please contact your local Idaho Panhandle National Forests office.