Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest restores recreation access following 2019 windstorm
RHINELANDER - The USDA Forest Service`s restoration efforts on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to address severe damage from a July 2019 storm have reestablished access to many roads, trails and campgrounds.

The windstorm swept through northern Wisconsin on July 19, 2019. On the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District, the storm impacted roughly 1,230 miles of road and 2,000 miles of trail and led to the closure of three developed campgrounds and multiple dispersed camping sites.

Work to restore access to recreation sites began immediately after the storm. Forest Service crews, timber sale contracts and other contracts made it possible to open about 900 miles of roads that were previously impassable due to fallen trees. Over 400 miles of motorized trails were reopened with the help of volunteers, contractors and Forest Service crews. The Forest coordinated with counties and snowmobile clubs to clear the remaining snowmobile trails.

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