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Forest service issues Wolf Pen Gap analysis

May 15, 2014

The U.S. Forest Service issued revised recommendations for motor-vehicle travel through Wolf Pen Gap in the 1.8 million-acre Ouachita National Forest near Mena, Ark.

The Forest Service’s preferred alternative – among eight -- calls for seasonal use of the off-highway-vehicle trails.

“This alternative leaves some existing motorized use designations for roads and trails in place, and results in some changed designations due to route relocations and decommissioning,” Mena-Oden District Ranger Tim Oosterhous says in a Forest Service press release.

More than 41 miles of roads and trails are available for OHV use at Wolf Pen Gap, either year- round or seasonally.

The agency’s preferred alternative outlines a trail system with more than 39 miles of routes, including mixed-use routes and seasonal designations.

Seasonal routes will be open each year from the second Friday in March through Oct. 31. OHV use also would be permitted beginning three days before Thanksgiving and ending two days after Thanksgiving, and also from Dec. 25 through Jan. 2.

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