Off the Mono County Sheriff's Office FB page:
Passing along this information from the U.S. Forest Service - Inyo National Forest ... If you are planning any hikes in the June Lake area, please take note of the trail closures!
Yost/Fern Lake Trailhead Closure Extended
As part of numerous mechanical thinning projects for community protection and forest health through the summer and fall, the Inyo National Forest announces the the Yost/ Fern Lake Trailhead will remain closed through September 11, 2015.
An additional four acres are being treated as part of the Yost/Fern Creek Trailhead Thinning and Aspen Restoration Project. This popular trailhead is located on the June Lake Loop between the Down Canyon Fire Station and the Double Eagle Lodge/Inn.
The trailhead parking lot is closed along with road side parking on the south side of the loop. Alternative access to this trail will be via the Yost Meadow Trailhead, which is across from the June Lake Fire Department.
An additional thinning project between the Peterson Tract and June Mountain Ski Area will be started following the completion of the Yost/ Fern Project. Trails in the project area will be closed while this project is completed; all trails will be signed. Please observe the closures for your own safety--mechanized harvesting equipment will be in operation.
These projects are designed to reduce fuels within Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Thinning reduces wildfire spread and intensity by removing surface and ladder fuels, thus decreasing the risk of stand-replacing wildfire. This also creates an environment where firefighters can more safely respond to fire events.
Thinning also promotes forest health by increasing resiliency to insects and disease by reducing competition for water, nutrients, and sunlight.This is especially important during California’s extended drought where numerous trees are dying from insect infestations or water stress. Where applicable, restoration work will be completed to enhance aspen habitat.
For specific questions about the projects, please call Andrew Weinhart at 760-924-5550.
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