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Clearwater graveling project begins

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division is starting a graveling project this month to improve the Height of Land and Strawberry Mountain Forest roads in Clearwater County. The area under construction provides access to the White Earth State Forest between state Highway 200 to the north and state Highway 113 to the south.

"This project is an investment in the state forest road system that improves the quality, longevity and safety of the road," said Greg Nelson, DNR Bemidji area forest supervisor. "This investment will also improve state forest accessibility, which benefits citizens and local economies."

This project will include crushing and blending gravel in the Height of Land pit and spreading and compacting gravel on 26.5 miles of forest road. Throughout construction, forest visitors should be aware of heavy equipment working on the road. Roads in the area will be appropriately signed.

Part of the project will include rehabilitation of a portion of the Height of Land gravel pit. Once the project is completed, the DNR urges off-road vehicle users to stay out of the areas in the gravel pit where vegetation is being re-established.

The state forest road system is maintained by the DNR to provide access to the state land for recreational uses, forest protection and forest development. The Height of Land and Strawberry Mountain Forest roads are intended to be maintained to accommodate low-clearance highway licensed vehicles, logging trucks and off-road vehicles.

For more information, call the DNR forestry office in Bagley at 218-694-2146.