The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Division will begin improving the Pillsbury State Forest Road, which is located approximately 3.5 miles northeast of Pillager in Cass County.
The project is scheduled to begin within the next week and will start at the south end of the Pillsbury State Forest Road and proceed 2.5 miles to the north. The road project will consist of loading, hauling, spreading and compacting approximately 5,000 cubic yards of Class V gravel.
To address public safety, the road will be barricaded and closed on weekdays at its north end and north of Walt Stark Assembly Area. The barricade north of Walt Stark Assembly Area will allow horseback riders to access the assembly area from State Highway 210 during the closure. The entire Pillsbury State Forest Road will be free of closures during weekend days.
“The project is an investment in our state forest road system that improves the quality, longevity and safety of the road,” said Paul Lundgren, Backus area forest supervisor. “This investment will also improve state forest accessibility, which benefits citizens and local economies.”
The state forest road system is maintained by the DNR to provide access to the state land for recreational uses, forest protection and forest development. The Pillsbury State Forest Road is intended to be maintained to accommodate low-clearance highway licensed vehicles and logging trucks. The Pillsbury State Forest is closed to off highway motorized use.
For additional information regarding this project, contact the Backus Area Forestry Office at 218-947-3232.