Kentucky Afield News From KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources October 13, 2003 For more information contact Gwen Holt (502) 564-4496 For immediate release Tygarts State Forest Closed to All Public Access & Hunting Nov. 15 through March 31 Frankfort, KY - October 13, 2003 - The Tygarts State Forest in Carter County will be closed to all public access beginning November 15 to allow a salvage timber harvest operation through March 31, 2004, according to officials with the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry. The salvage harvest is necessary to remove downed and damaged trees resulting from the ice storm last winter. Removal of these trees will improve the overall health of the forest and decrease the wildland fire danger. During this period, no public access will be permitted, which means after Friday, November 14, no hunting will be permitted in Tygarts State Forest for the remainder of the fall hunting seasons. Deer (or other) hunters will not be allowed to hunt Tygarts Forest lands for the rest of the 2003-04 deer and small game seasons once the salvage operation begins. It is expected that open hunting on Tygarts State Forest will resume after the salvage operation concludes and in time for the statewide general spring turkey season set to open April 15, 2004.