Exceptionally heavy snowfall over the past few weeks is causing elk and deer to move onto their lower elevation winter ranges in large numbers.
In order to minimize the disturbance to elk and deer in the winter range area along the Lewis River and Forest Road 90 above Swift Reservoir, the section of Forest Road 90 between its junctions with Forest Road 9039 on the lower end, and Forest Road 88 on the upper end is closed to motorized vehicle use, including snowmobiles.
This closure does not affect access to the Upper Wind River Winter Recreation Area via Forest Roads 90 and 51 (Curly Creek Road).
The closure takes effect immediately and will likely extend to April 1, 2002.
Many other Forest roads are snow covered earlier this year. Forest Road 99 to Windy Ridge Viewpoint, on the east side of Mount St. Helens, is closed for the winter. This road is closed at the Wakepish Sno-Park. Access to the Sno-Park will be maintained throughout the winter.