PETERSBURG-AK The Forest Service is planning to close some of its old logging roads on the Petersburg Ranger District as it implements a 2005 rule called “Access and Travel Management.” In the face of declining road maintenance money, Forest Service officials say they are trying to reduce costs by closing down roads. The closures would also allow the removal of problem culverts and other structures that cause environmental damage.
The 2005 rule basically prohibited motor vehicle use on forest service roads and off-road areas nationwide, unless they are specifically designated as open for such use.
The Petersburg Ranger District is asking for input on its local proposal to designate which Tongass roads will remain open for motorized vehicle use as well as which types of vehicles may use those roads.
Petersburg District Ranger Chris Savage spoke with KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein about the issue.
© Copyright, Narrows Broadcasting Corp.