RUTLAND (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says a snowmobile trail in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest has been closed because the trail was damaged by "unauthorized excavation" and "substandard alterations."

The Forest Service says the changes to the Deerfield Ridge Trail in the towns of Wilmington and Dover represent a significant threat of damage to the surrounding public lands and resources by increasing erosion, compromising the health of existing wetlands, wildlife habitat and unique biological communities.

So the trail has been closed to all motorized vehicles until further notice.

The trail is still open to hikers, but people using the trail should exercise caution and expect changed and degraded trail conditions.


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