Have you been getting out and enjoying winter activities on your National Forest? Did you know that winter access to Catherine Creek, Clear Creek, and Salt Creek Summit Sno-Parks is maintained in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and local snow-plow contractors? Due to higher-than-average snowfall at the Sno-Parks, National Forest staff applied for additional funding, and ODOT allocated additional funds to continue plow operations and maintain access to these winter recreation hubs. These funds are made possible by fees collected from Sno-Park passes. Thank you, ODOT and Sno-Park passholders! “ODOT is pleased to work with our Forest Service partners in helping keep popular snow parks and winter destinations open and safe,” said Tom Strandberg, spokesperson for ODOT’s Eastern Oregon Region.”

“This partnership ensures access to some of the most popular areas for winter recreation on the Wallowa-Whitman,” noted Sam Wiswell, Recreation Specialist for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Joseph. “The recreational opportunities accessed from these Sno-Parks are truly world-class and are enjoyed by everyone from snowshoers and skiers to snowmobilers. We continually appreciate the great folks we get to work with to maintain access to these areas.” The National Forest was originally allocated $34,500 for snow plowing at the three Sno-Parks this winter. As these funds were spent down, the Forest requested additional funding to maintain access for the remainder of the season. ODOT recently granted this funding request with an additional $11,910.

 For information about winter recreation or access to Sno-Parks on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, please visit our website (www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman), and feel free to contact one of our offices: Wallowa Mountains Office (541-426-5546); La Grande Ranger District (541-962-8500); or Whitman Ranger District (541-523-6391).