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Seeing is believing: Forest road washouts serious, expensive

PUBLIC LANDS -- In case you've been out of the loop for the past few months, record precipitation this winter has led to road washouts that are restricting access to public lands in many areas of the region's national forests and other public lands. The fix isn't going to be fast in all cases, and it certainly won't be inexpensive.

Some of the problem areas are still evolving or being discovered as snowmelt continues fill streams and saturate slope soils.

The photos above from the Okanogan-Wenathcee National Forest are some of the latest to illustrate the situation across Washington and North Idaho.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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