Logging causes truck traffic, temporary trail closure in Blanchard

Hikers and others playing in Blanchard Forest just over the border in Skagit County should expect heavy truck traffic weekdays through spring, according to a news release from the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

A 129-acre timber harvest in what’s called the Blanchard Forest Block is the reason for the truck traffic Mondays through Fridays through spring on the road that goes from Barrel Springs Road to the Samish Overlook. A one- or two-day closure of that road in late December also will occur.

Drivers should plan for additional travel time and use extra caution until the work ends.

DNR also will close the Larry Reed Trail as it passes through the Blanchard Forest Block for up to two weeks in January, DNR said.

The timber harvest is expected to generate nearly $1 million for Skagit County beneficiaries, which include the Burlington-Edison School District and Skagit County roads, emergency medical services, ports and hospitals.

Blanchard is trust land, which is managed for timber harvest, recreation and wildlife habitat.

For trail closure or other information, call DNR’s Northwest Region Office at 360-856-3500.