Monday, May 2, 2011

Forest Service News Release about Closure of Recreation Sites

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      CONTACT: Tammy Truett - 334-832-4470                  
Updated – May 2, 2011

Bankhead National Forest Recreation Sites Now Open but Some Trails Remain Closed

(Montgomery, Al) May 2, 2011 ----The U.S. Forest Service has re-opened all recreation sites and the Flint Creek Multiple Use Trail System in the Bankhead National Forest located in northwest Alabama.  Areas that remain closed are the Owl Creek Horse Camp and Trail System, trails in the Sipsey Wilderness and Forest Service Road 208 (Northwest Road) within the Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area. Forest Service officials are continuing to assess damages and perform repairs. Visitors can also enjoy recreations sites open for use in the Talladega, Conecuh and Tuskegee national forests, but are encouraged to watch their steps and beware of hazardous trees and limbs.    
            According to District Ranger Elrand Denson, the safety of visitors is always our priority especially after this devastating tornado. “We’re asking the public to be patient with us as we continue to evaluate the current conditions.” Before visiting the Bankhead National Forest, visitors can check the Forest Service website at to learn current forest conditions under the “Know Before You Go” link or contact the Supervisor’s Office at 334-832-4470.    
            The Forest Service is asking visitors to be prepared when visiting a national forest.  After major storms, ground conditions change in a forest.  Visitors should be aware of their surroundings and avoid dense patches of dead trees.  Strong winds could weaken unstable trees; so limbs and damaged trees may fall at any time.
 Safety handouts are available at each district office or on the Forest Service website. Please contact the following district offices: Bankhead District (205) 489-5111, Conecuh District (334) 222-2555, Shoal Creek District (256) 463-2272; Talladega District (256) 362-2909; Oakmulgee District (205) 926-9765; and the Tuskegee District (334) 727-2652. 
“Know Before You Go” Safety Checklist (On-line handouts)

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