The U.S. Forest Service will temporarily close a section of forest road 579 from May 14 through June 6, or until the road surface has dried.
The road is the main route into Bear Valley and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The closure begins at Idaho 21 and continues northwest to the Bruce Meadows airstrip in the Bear Valley area.
The road is being closed for snow plowing operations providing limited access to reforestation operations. At least 6 inches of snow will remain on the road surface, so it melts slow and protects the road surface from damage.
Reforestation efforts from the 2006 Red Mountain burn have been underway since spring 2010 where seedlings have been planted on 1,687 acres. The Boise National Forest Lowman Ranger District plans to plant an additional 1,078 acres in spring and 70 acres in the fall.