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Motorized trails closed in Chena River rec area until Memorial Day

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Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 3:03 pm | Updated: 1:33 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS - Three motorized trails in the Chena River State Recreation Area were closed on Tuesday and will remain closed until Memorial Day weekend to prevent damage during spring breakup.

The Compeau, Stiles and Angel Creek trails will be closed to all trail uses except pedestrians “in an effort to protect the state’s investment in these popular trails and to maintain their sustainability for summer motorized use,” according to a press release from Alaska State Parks.

The trails will re-open on May 27 in time for Memorial Day weekend. “The benefits of protecting the usefulness of these trails outweigh the inconveniences of seasonal restrictions,” the press release stated. “We urge trail users to respect the integrity of the trails so others may continue to enjoy them.”

Violations can be reported to the State Parks office at 451-2695 during business hours or by calling Alaska State Troopers evenings and weekends. Troopers will then contact state parks rangers.

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