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  • Hunters clear Sky Lakes trail

  • Eight volunteers from the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association cleared seven miles of a main trail into the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area Saturday to improve access for hikers, hunters and horseback riders.
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  • Eight volunteers from the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association cleared seven miles of a main trail into the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area Saturday to improve access for hikers, hunters and horseback riders.
    The chapter each summer clears downed logs along the Tom and Jerry Trail to ensure access into one of the more popular areas for pack-in deer and elk hunting in northeastern Jackson County.
    The volunteers carried large handsaws to clear three big downed trees that impeded traffic on the trail, which snakes through portions burned in wild fires.
    Handsaws are necessary because chain saws and other mechanized tools are prohibited in federal wilderness areas.
    "We cleared the trail for about seven miles before snow drifts prevented us from going any farther," says Pete Johann, a chapter volunteer who worked on the project.
    The Sky Lakes Wilderness Area is part of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
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