Washington State Road Closure Notification

Road closure in Ahtanum State Forest extended through November 30
Weekend access will still be available

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has extended a road closure due to a timber harvest and chipping operation in the Ahtanum State Forest, 30 miles west of Yakima. Operations will require closing the Middle Fork Ahtanum Road (A2000) during the week. Access will be allowed on weekends from 6 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. on Sunday.

For additional information, please contact Jeff Jones at 509-972-2862.

 What:

 

 

Ahtanum State Forest road closure
Tree Phones Campground will be closed during the weekday operations.
Eagles Nest Vista and Clover Flats Campground will be accessible from the A2000 Road once the snow melts.
All other recreation sites will be open and accessible by the North Fork and Sedge Ridge roads.
 When:

June 11 – November 30. Weekdays only.
Road and recreation areas will be open on weekends from 6 p.m. Fridays through 8 p.m. Sundays.
 Where:  A2000 from Whites Ridge Trailhead to Tree Phones Campground in the southwest part of the forest.
 Why:

DNR timber harvest and chipping operation were originally scheduled to be completed by October 31. The operations were delayed due to fire activity in the area. Operations will continue until November 30.

Directions and web link
Map of the Ahtanum State Forest green dot road system:
www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_rec_ahtanum_greendot_map_2010.pdf

State trust lands
The Ahtanum State Forest is Common School trust lands, given to the state at statehood in 1889. School trust lands earn revenue to help build or carry out major renovations on K-12th grade public schools statewide. Poorer school districts generally receive a higher percentage of matching funds than wealthier school districts. Trust lands also are managed to protect water, wildlife habitat and provide recreation and education opportunities. 

Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, Diana.Lofflin@dnr.wa.gov