Timber sale along Wyoming Highway 230 may temporarily impact travelers

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (RELEASE) - A salvage timber sale that is operating alongside Wyoming Highway 230 in south Albany Co., Wyo., has resulted in a temporarily closed Forest Road and could impact highway travelers as trucks are hauling product from the sale site.

The U.S. Forest Service, Laramie Ranger District, has closed Forest Road 539 until operations are finished this spring. The 539 road originates off Highway 230 at the top of a canyon and on a bend in the highway. Log trucks will be entering and exiting the highway at a location where there is typically not heavy truck traffic.

Highway travelers should be aware of the increased truck traffic and adjust their speed accordingly. Signage is in place along the highway to encourage speed reduction and awareness.

The project area is located about 30 miles southwest of Laramie in the Medicine Bow National Forest, and four miles southwest of the community of Woods Landing.

Forest visitors may encounter machinery or haul trucks near the timber contract area. When machinery is encountered, visitors are advised to use caution. Additionally, the public should not enter areas which are posted closed, as they are closed for their safety.

Temporary closures are a short-term inconvenience needed to provide for long-term public safety. Forest users need to be aware of ongoing changes that may affect their travel and recreation plans.

The sale is named Fennec Fox Salvage Timber Sale and is part of the larger Fox Creek project decision, which utilized Farm Bill categorical exclusion authority. Nearly 500 log-truck loads of timber will be harvested as a result of this sale.