PRESCOTT, AZ (January 20, 2017) - Beginning January 23rd, 2017, new prohibitions along the John’s Tank Trail will be enforced on the Prescott National Forest east of Lynx Lake. These prohibitions will protect the nesting bald eagles from the potential disturbance from human presence during the nesting season. While the John’s Tank Trail #94 will be closed to all uses, the Lynx Lake Shore Trail #311 and the Salida Gulch Trail #95 will remain open for their respective uses. We ask visitors to refrain from entering this area over the weekend until we can post the closure after the weekend storms pass.
These prohibitions apply to the approximately 1 mile stretch of the John’s Tank Trail that is east of Lynx Lake and connects the Lynx Lake Shore Trail to the Salida Gulch Trail. The prohibitions will also be enforced north and south of the trail between Lynx Lake and the Salida Gulch Trail. A map of the closure area will be posted at all trailheads accessing the area and well as on the Prescott National Forest website and the Bradshaw Ranger District office.
Special restrictions are written as follows:
- It is prohibited to go into or be in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.53 (e).
- It is prohibited to be on the trails in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.55(a).
Trail loop opportunities in other areas can be found on the adjacent Highlands Center for Natural History just north of Lynx Lake. The Prescott National Forest would like to thank the members of our community who brought this nest to our attention. We can all work together to be stewards of our natural resources.
In the spirit of stewardship, observing the closure order is critical during egg incubation and the first six weeks after hatching. Any disturbance that causes the eagles to be off the nest for an extended period of time during these important stages of nesting could cause egg failure or death to young eagles that may be in the nest.
If you have any questions about the bald eagle and their management, please feel free to call Noel Fletcher (928) 443-8020.