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      Logging operation closes ATV trail

      A section of a trail in Kalkaska County is temporarily closed due to logging operations.

      A section of a trail in Kalkaska County is temporarily closed due to logging operations.

      The trail is located in northeastern Kalkaska County. The closed section of trail will be located between County Road 612 and Merita Lane. The temporary closure is on the DNR??s internet trail map. Signs will also help riders detour around the closed area.

      The trail is expected to remain closed for approximately two months.

      The timber salvage operation is the result of heavy sugar maple tree mortality.

      ??The sugar maples on this site have been declining over the past few years??, said Kelly Standerfer, DNR forester in Kalkaska. ??It is most likely due to a culmination of environmental factors, ranging from a few years of defoliation to heavy frost and persistent drought.??

      Riding through the closed area during the logging operation can be dangerous, due to falling tree tops and large limbs. Trail users should use the signed reroute around the area.

      Trail maps and other ORV riding information can be found on the DNR??s website.