DEC announces temporary closure of access roads

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ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 has closed all mud gates to snowmobile trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest, and Conservation Easement lands in Lewis, Jefferson and northern Herkimer counties, because of the spring thaw and muddy conditions.

Gate closures began on Thursday, officials said, adding the closures are expected to be completed by Tuesday, March 29.

Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season damages roads, resulting in road opening delays, the DEC said. The DEC said it will reopen the roads once they are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic and necessary maintenance is completed.

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