WMNF GETS MONEY FOR REPAIRS; WARNS IT COULD TAKE 3 YEARS

by Christian Mower on March 28, 2012

THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST IS GETTING SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS TO REPAIR ROADS AND TRAILS DAMAGED BY THE HEAVY RAINS AND FLASH FLOODS OF LAST SUMMER’S TROPICAL STORM IRENE.

U.S. SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN OF NEW HAMPSHIRE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK JUST MORE THAN $4 MILLION WILL BE PROVIDED FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR FEDERALLY OWNED ROADS PROGRAM THAT HELPS AGENCIES DEAL WITH THE COST OF REPAIRING DAMAGE CAUSED BY NATURAL DISASTERS.

FOREST SUPERVISOR TOM WAGNER WELCOMES THE MONEY AND ASKS FOR THE PUBLIC’S PATIENCE AS SOME OF THE REPAIR WORK COULD TAKE AS LONG AS THREE YEARS.

WAGNER SAYS HE HAS A LIST OF MORE THAN TWO DOZEN PROJECTS, MOST OF THEM IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND A FEW IN MAINE. HE SAYS MORE THAN A FOOT OF RAIN THAT FELL IN THE CENTER OF THE FOREST AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. T

HE FOREST WAS CLOSED FOR A FEW DAYS AND WAGNER SAYS THAT HASN’T HAPPENED IN MORE THAN 75 YEARS.

THE MONEY WILL MOSTLY BE USED TO REPAIR ROADS AND BRIDGES, INCLUDING THE LINCOLN WOODS TRAIL, ROCKY GORGE TRAIL AND THE SABBADAY FALLS TRAIL.

WAGNER SAYS THE FOREST SERVICE HAS TRIED TO MAINTAIN ACCESS TO TRAILS BUT SOME AREAS WILL HAVE TO BE CLOSED FOR REPAIRS THIS SUMMER FOR SAFETY REASONS BECAUSE THE TREAD IS COMPLETELY GONE.

HE WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH TRAIL REPAIRS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.fs.fed.us/r9/white/ OR CALL (603) 536-6100.