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Parts of Carpenter Bypass Mountain Bike Trails near Lorane to be closed on weekdays

The Carpenter Bypass trail system (File photo)

LORANE, Ore. – The Carpenter Bypass Mountain Bike Trail area, also known as Whypass, will be closed Mondays through Fridays starting in April or this summer, the Bureau of Land Management announced Monday.

"The temporary closure is needed for public safety during active timber harvest operations for the 'Letz Ride' timber sale," BLM said in statement. "These operations may occur in the area through March 2021. During this time, portions of the area will periodically be accessible for visitors. Closed areas will be signed."

“We appreciate the public’s understanding while timber harvest operations are underway to help carry out our multiple-use mission in the area,” said Jose Linares, District Manager. “We will work with operators to provide safe public access, when possible, particularly on weekends."

Visitors are encouraged to contact the local BLM office in Springfield before heading outdoors – (541) 683-6600 or (888) 442-3061.

Mountain bikers are gaining new terrain in Springfield, where a dedicated downhill trail is set to open in the Thurston Hills Natural Area thanks to the work of Willamalane Parks and Recreation and the Disciples of Dirt.

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