Interfor held a public meeting on Jan. 23 to inform the community of their plans to close some of the active forestry roads in the Lillooet area. The January 30th edition of the Lillooet News contains information from the meeting.
Interfor held a public meeting at the REC Centre last Wednesday (Jan. 23), in order to inform community members of their intentions of closing some of the forestry roads which have been active in our region to normal traffic for environmental and risk factor reasons.
Relay Creek is considered to be a moderate to high-risk road, and is to be closed to normal traffic on a semi-permanent basis. It will remain open to 4-wheel and recreational ATV traffic, snowmobiles, and hiking.
The Taylor Creek site has a failed bridge, which might be replaced with a recreational bridge, which will improve the environmental risk normal traffic poses. They are closing the area hoping to prevent recreational traffic through the creek, and to encourage wildlife habitats. Spur 98 is already closed.
The Liza Lake road system is deactivated at Liza Lake north as there is a very high risk of danger at the crossing points. They're waiting for plan approval from the District before addressing the problems in this area.
Some of the hiking areas southwest of Lytton, near Stein Park, north of Nahatlatch have bridge outages, and bars have been placed for 4x4s and jeeps in some areas. Some roads will be permanently closed or rerouted and a controlled burn will stimulate the growth of huckleberries, a favorite food for grizzlies.
The goal of the road closures is to reduce environmental risks and to increase public safety. Some of these are "non-status" roads, meaning that there is no tenure by any company and no liability for maintenance. The funds for these projects come from the Forest Investment Account.