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Forest Service Surveying Damage After Ice Storm

Some trails or portions of trails may be closed for several weeks.
Ice Storm Aftermath
Ice Storm Aftermath
Ice Storm Aftermath
Ice Storm Aftermath
Ice Storm Aftermath
Ice Storm Aftermath

HOT SPRINGS, AR -- Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are assessing damage caused by last week's ice storm.

The broad band of ice caused damage stretching from northern and central parts of Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma.

The Forest Service is currently assessing roads, timber and recreation areas for damage.

Assessing the damage will take several weeks.

The forests are scheduling aerial flyovers to gather information on the extent of damage and locations.

Some trails or portions of trails may be closed for several weeks.

Forest Service employees will assess those areas after the road assessments are complete.

Visitors are encouraged to call the Forest Supervisor’s office or their local Ranger Districts for more current information before making a trip to remote locations in the national forests.

Photos and other information will be posted on Ouachita National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf.


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