Road closure plan in Mark Twain National Forest draws complaints

Sunday, November 21, 2010 | 4:52 p.m. CST

ELLSINORE — A plan to close several old roads in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri has drawn several complaints.

Poplar Bluff District Ranger Doug Oliver told the Daily American Republic that he has received more than 2,000 complaints about the road closures, which are part of a 2005 forest management plan. The closures are also aimed at combatting illegal dumping, drug production and other unwanted activities in the massive forest in central and southern sections of Missouri.

Oliver said the Forest Service has been closing old, non-service roads across the district and not major roads.

The closures are mostly along older logging access trails, which never were legally open for vehicular traffic.

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