Forest Service continues massive clean-up of trees downed in November windstorm


Damge between Devil's Post Pile and Rainbow Falls.

Forest Service crews continue the major work to clean up seriously damaged forest areas from the severe wind storm at the end of November.

Crews are currently working in the Reds Meadow area where scores of trees were torn down by the wind. Forest officials earlier said that the wind caused widespread damage to several areas of the Inyo National Forest and other public lands.

Officials said from Mount Whitney to Tioga Pass, thousands of trees were affected by the storm.  Now, crews work to clear trails and deal with the forest mess.  Forest officials had said that cleanup efforts are ongoing in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, Reds Meadow Valley and Whitney Portal.

Priority continues to be given to opening roads for access, clearing roads to facilitate spring plowing operations, removal of trees from structures, repairs to utility services, and removal of hazards that impact winter recreation.

The Forest Service continues to advise the public when visiting any of these areas to use caution and watch for crews at work.  The Forest Service asked that if you see crews, make your presence known by yelling and waving.

There are tree hazards in other parts of the Inyo Forest as well.  These hazards exist in recreation sites, campgrounds, trails, parking areas and other undeveloped parts of the Forest.  The hazards include downed trees, partially downed trees or trees with weakened root systems. So, officials ask you to keep safety upper most in your mind.

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