Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree had this to say in the press release:
"All dirt roads and trails in the El Dorado National Forest are closed to motor vehicle between January 1 and March 31 as part of the minimum seasonal closure identified in the El Dorado National Forest Travel Manage ment Plan. Seasonal closures may be longer if roads or trails are wet and susceptible to damage. My desire is to keep the forest as accessible to the public as much as possible."
The dirt roads in the forest are routinely closed on a seasonal basis in order to protect the roads themselves, as well as the watersheds, from damage caused by erosion as a result of vehicle travel. Safeguarding water quality is an important part of the closure.