DELTA – Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Supervisor Scott Armentrout enacted a Forest Order closing National Forest System lands adjacent to the Salt Creek Mud Slide area. The Forest Order was enacted to ensure public health and safety and the order prohibits citizens from “going into or being upon the Restricted Area and being on the Restricted Trail (Salt Creek Trail #513).”
More specifically, the Order states, “Pursuant to 16 United States Code 551 and 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within the West Salt Creek Drainage on the Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, Mesa County, State of Colorado (‘the Restricted Area’) and on National Forest System Trail #513(the ‘Restricted Trail’).
The Restricted area is further described as all Forest System Lands west of the East Salt Creek Drainage, north and northwest of the Salt Creek ATV Trail #514 for a distance of approximately two miles, north of the Anderson Brothers Reservoir Ditch to Grove Creek, east of Grove Creek to the forest boundary and then east and south of the forest boundary back to the East Salt Creek Drainage. The Restricted Area is located in the sixth Principal Meridian, T10S, R94W, Sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and includes all portions of the Restricted Trail. The Restricted Area and the Restricted Trail are depicted on the attached map, hereby incorporated into this Order…”
“According to geological experts, the slide area is still unstable and additional impacts and/or landslides may occur,”Armentrout stated. “The surrounding national forest lands remain snow-covered in places with saturated soils and the potential for additional slide activity warrants the closure. For these reasons, it is important that citizens avoid the area to ensure public safety, until it is deemed safe to do so.”