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For Release: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

DEC Closes Snowmobile Trails and Roads on DEC Lands in St. Lawrence County - Region 6

Seasonal Access Roads and Associated Gates Closed March 3

Effective Friday, March 3, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is closing snowmobile trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest, and Conservation Easement Lands in St. Lawrence County due to warm weather and lack of snow. The lack of snow is dangerous to snowmobilers and damaging to snowmobiles.

In addition, any motorized or motor vehicle use on the trails and seasonal access roads can damage the trails, roads, and natural resources. The St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association closed all snowmobile trails in St. Lawrence County on February 20, 2017.

Seasonal access roads, even those not opened to snowmobiling this winter due to the lack of snow, will remain closed during the spring mud season. DEC will reopen the roads once any necessary maintenance is completed and the roads are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic. Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season will damage roads and result in road opening delays.

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