The National Forest Service plans to block vehicle access to a popular gravel bar on the West Fork of the Humptulips River through proposed improvements to Forest Service Road 2203040 that include a turnaround and parking lot. State Representative Brian Blake is opposed to some of those changes, he tells KBKW “There’s a small rivulet that […]Continue Reading ...
A Hoquiam man stole a flashlight out of a fire truck over the weekend, during funeral services for a Fire District 16 firefighter. The convicted felon is well known to police in Hoquiam and said that he would have gotten away with it too, if they didn’t have a sting operation setup. While there was no […]Continue Reading ...
PACKWOOD, Wash. – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and several Search and Rescue teams are searching for a missing 68 year-old Auburn man. The man left Saturday from his residence in Auburn to pick mushrooms. The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the family on Sunday saying he had not returned. The family was unsure where the man was headed and said he could be anywhere between I-90 and Packwood. An attempt to locate was put out for the man, with no success.
Late yesterday afternoon, the vehicle the missing man left in was found on Forest Service Road 4715, approximately five miles northwest of Packwood.
Search and Rescue teams searched for the man for six hours last night. They resumed their search at 0600 hours this morning. Teams from King, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Pacific County assisted Lewis County teams. The teams included ground, 4×4, and K-9 teams. Over 25 members are involved.Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Olympic National Forest Supervisor Dale Hom announced today that several projects designed to improve roadway conditions and restore aquatic species habitat will begin in the near future. To ensure public safety as well as the safety of contract personnel while these projects are underway, it will be necessary to implement four separate road closures. The following closures may be extended depending on weather conditions and contractor progress.
Closures on the Pacific Ranger District (west side of the Olympic Peninsula):
North of Lake Quinault and off of FS Road 21 (Boundary Road)Continue Reading ...
A culvert replacement will occur on FS Road 2160 at milepost 2.4. FS Road 2160 will be closed just before mile post 2.4, from July 15 through August 31.
The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Hoquiam truck driver died yesterday after his fully loaded truck and trailer drove off of a Forest Service road in the Capitol Forest near Summit Lake. Washington State Patrol troopers report 37-year old Michael Webber drove off the road and struck a stump, which caused the truck to flip. The driver, […]Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Engineers from Olympic National Forest will conduct bridge inspections this week through September 12. By law, bridge inspections are required every two years to ensure that the bridges within Olympic National Forest are compliant with National Bridge Inspection Standards. These safety checks are expected to cause delays of up to 60 minutes.
An Under Bridge Inspection Truck will be used to complete the inspections. This specialized piece of equipment has a very long arm that extends under the bridge from the bridge deck. The inspection truck blocks access entirely while the inspection is in progress. The following bridges will be inspected:
- Lower Canyon River Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2368
- Humptulips Gorge Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2204
- Middle Matheny Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2160080
- South Fork Calawah Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2932000
- Sitkum Gorge Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2900070
- South Fork Soleduck Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2918000
- Dungeness Forks Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2880000
- Church Creek Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2361000
- South Fork Skokomish Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2353000
- Skokomish Gorge Bridge, also known as the High Steel Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2340000
A project intended to address conditions at the Rainbow Creek stream crossing of Forest Service Road 2203 at Milepost 1.6 proposes the replacement of an existing culvert and fish ladder and establish a road stream crossing structure that would provide for aquatic organism passage.
A letter signed by District Ranger Dean Millett states that while the previous comments were taken into consideration, Millett is withdrawing the previous decision because it would result in the loss of a public access point on the river.
To submit your comments on the project, and for more information, contact;Dean R Millett Pacific District Ranger 437 Tillicum Lane Forks, WA 98331 [email protected] Continue Reading ...
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