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For Release: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DEC Closes Trails and Roads on DEC Lands in Herkimer and Oneida Counties

Seasonal Access Roads and Associated Gates to be Closed Immediately

Effective April 12, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is closing mud gates to trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest, and Conservation Easement Lands due to spring thaw. Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season will damage roads and result in road opening delays. DEC will reopen the roads once any necessary maintenance is completed and the roads are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic. Region 6 is comprised of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

Current list of gate closures:

All state land gates in 6C Oneida and Herkimer counties
Haskell Road in the Black River Wild Forest
All gates in central portion of Black River Wild Forest
Loop Road at North Lake, Wolf Lake Landing Road at McKeever, and Mill Brook Road at Bear Creek trail head

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