A Guide to Road Closure and Obliteration in the USFS


Roads impact natural ecosystems by removing vegetation and altering drainage and hydrology. A Guide to Road Closure and Obliteration in the Forest Service outlines procedures and techniques for closing existing roads.This guide covers the process from field reconnaissance to effective monitoring. All of these processes should be based on input from resource management specialists.

Road obliteration occurs naturally, or through specific mechanical techniques. In both cases, site-specific and condition-specific treatments help achieve management goals. Roads closures must also account for cultural or biological resources, budgetary constraints, decision making, and risk assessment; however, this guide does not address these specific considerations.

What you’ll find

The guide to Road Closure and Obliteration in the Forest Service includes sections on access, drainage, erosion, and stability.

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